The Citylifer wins ‘Emerging Coliving Concept’ Award 2023


  • The Dutch co-living brand, The Citylifer wins the Emerging Coliving Concept Award at the 2023 Coliving Awards.
  • The Emerging Coliving Concept Award is for concepts in the development phase. The Citylifer won for their “Smart and affordable coliving spaces in upcycled buildings” concept, which emphasizes community clustering, upcycling vacant office buildings, and making urban living affordable.
  • Alexia Nunes, the Lead Judge for the category, praised The Citylifer for its sustainable approach to refurbishing office buildings and its innovative architectural design.

The Citylifer, the Dutch based co-living brand focused on community, accessibility, convenience and sustainability has won the Emerging Coliving Concept Award in the 2023 Coliving Awards.

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The Coliving Awards have been created to foster innovation in the sector, aiming to give visibility to the brightest minds and inspire the next generation of real estate market players by identifying disruptive solutions and state-of-the-art concepts.

From over 70 entries spanning 17 categories and hailing from countries including The Netherlands, Indonesia, the UK, and Australia, a lead jury for each category meticulously selected the finalists, paving their way to the distinguished 2023 finalist stage.

Each project underwent thorough analysis and evaluation against a specified, strict set of criteria, with the decision hinging on a partial public vote (accounting for 35%) and the remaining percentage determined by a judging panel. The winners were announced at this year’s global ceremony held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Among the 17 categories, the Emerging Coliving Concept Award is designated for projects in the development phase, showcasing the biggest potential for being the ‘new kid on the block’. The Citylifer won this category with their project “Smart and affordable coliving spaces in upcycled buildings”, an in-depth presentation that showed the unique features of their coliving concept, including community clustering, upcycling unused office buildings, and optimizing space to make urban living affordable.

Alexia Nunes, Lead Judge for the Emerging Coliving Concept Category, remarked: “The Citylifer presents a compelling concept. Transforming ‘to be refurbished’ office buildings showcases inventive and sustainable thinking and an opportunistic approach we certainly need in current urban contexts. The commitment to fostering local communities organically, paired with exceptionally innovative architectural design, underscores the project’s ambitious nature.”


Tjeerd Hoes, Co-founder and Managing Partner of The Citylifer says: ”We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Emerging Coliving Concept Award. Having just launched our concept this year, I’m really thankful that the coliving market acknowledges and appreciates our ideas around community, affordability, and sustainability. This is just the beginning, we cannot wait to bring our ideas to life. We are close to signing a few very promising projects, so stay tuned!”

Davine Hoes-Nagel, Co-founder and Head of Branding & Interior Design continues: “We dedicated a year to develop The Citylifer concept in collaboration with Cutwork, a design studio specialized in developing new ways to live and work. To unite affordability with livability, we have developed the High Five, a multifunctional design that transforms 6 sqm into 24 sqm usable area. As newcomers, winning the award fills us with pride and reaffirms our commitment to create buildings with affordable smart homes, fostering vibrant communities.”

Kelsea Crawford, Co-founder and CEO of Cutwork Studio says: “Cutwork was proud to add our design expertise to The Citylifer concept, an innovative real estate offering reimagining the future of affordable urban coliving. We are confident The Citylifer is going to make an amazing project which we are all proud to be a part of.”

Aitana de Jong, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Coliving Ventures / Coliving Awards / Coliving Insights explains: “The essence of Coliving Awards lies in our mission and vision to discover and shine a spotlight on innovative projects worldwide. The Emerging Coliving Concept category is, in many respects, one of the most exhilarating categories, as it showcases projects with significant potential in the global shared living landscape. As the program lead for Coliving Awards, I am honored to acknowledge a project like The Citylifer. From the project itself to the stakeholders involved, you can sense the dedication, care, and professionalism that have gone into it.”

Coliving Awards Winner Certificate 2023


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