Co-Living Redefined

JS+P collaborated with Manson Architects and Watkin Jones to deliver a market leading co-living scheme in the heart of Exeter. The work comprised the ground and lower ground amenity, as well as the design for the building’s 133 unique micro apartments inclusive of an innovative modular furniture system to suit various room sizes, configurations, and budget constraints. With the demand for affordable living on the rise, The Gorge delivers on providing a series of relaxed and down-to-earth spaces which aim to promote a communal feel, amplifying the modern co-living experience.

“The Gorge exemplifies modern living, masterfully integrating design with natural elements. Its considered furnishings, augmented by lush greenery and expansive windows, create an open ambience that melds outdoor and communal areas. The design ensures not only visual appeal but also a refreshing atmosphere.”

Ella Simpson | Resident

Sector | Co-Living

Completion | 2023

Client | Watkin Jones | This is Fresh

Influenced by Exeter’s historical context, The Gorge’s identity and naming stems form the fresh underground water systems of the city. Utilising Exeter’s connection to the landscape and the Devonshire countryside, the interior melds together an industrial style with earthy, tactile tones and materials. Contours driven from local maps embed a clear graphical language throughout the amenity spaces, ensuring a holistically driven approach from exterior to interior, providing a cohesive approach from one setting to the next.

Spatially, JS+P delivered on providing essential settings at ground floor consisting of entrance arrival, games, entertainment lounges and fitness suite. At the heart of the scheme sits the co-living kitchen, purposefully considered to promote a strong sense of community, allowing residents to cook, eat and socialise together outside of their studio apartments. The glazed aspect to this setting creates a centrepiece to the social spaces, while also providing optimum daylight and views out to the resident courtyard and outdoor terrace.

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