A conventional single family house is designed for a single family and does not accommodate multi- tenant living which requires higher level of privacy. To achieve this, the fundamental design of a house must change by rearranging the hierarchy and sequence of spaces. For example, a single family house is typically entered onto a living room (common area) which leads to the hallway (passageway) which leads to the bedrooms. You cannot access the bedrooms without going through the common area because the space is arranged linearly. COHAUS is designed to be entered onto a passageway first which then leads to both the bedrooms and the common areas more equally. As the diagram shows, the linear sequence of spaces is shifted to become radial. This design strategy is how we create greater privacy by allowing a more direct access to private space while utilizing the passageway as a buffer.
Private bathrooms are typically provided for all bedrooms. However, some houses have a few shared bathrooms, but there is no situation where a bath room is shared by more than two bedrooms.