Dominant function

This typology provides a design tool for the development of a range of workhomes.  A lack of understanding of these distinctions has led to problems in the development of 'live/work' schemes in the UK where local planning authorities thought they had given permission for 'work-dominated' workhomes, but 'home-dominated' were built.


The first, and most common type, involves people working in their home. These workhomes include a wide range of different buildings, from eighteenth century thatched houses to council flats. Some have been purpose-designed, some have been adapted to the dual use, while others are used ‘as found’.


The second type involves people living at their workplace. This includes a wide range of different work-dominated buildings, from funeral parlour to industrial unit, rectory to school caretaker’s accommodation embedded in a school building, work/live unit to pub.

Equal status

The third type involves buildings in which the two functions have equal status on the street. Examples include dwellings with adjacent workplaces and those with workplaces at the bottom of a garden or courtyard accessed from parallel, often mews, roads.

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