Together visited Maison Merjay to learn more about a new concept in co-living.
Anne Lange and Christophe Parot are re-inventing the art of living. Following two years marked by confinement and the experience of isolation, Maison Cokoon announces the opening of two clubhouses, with shared living spaces.
“Anne Lange and Christophe Parot are re-inventing the art of living”
The idea was spawned by their experience under lockdown, where they got to know their neighbours, a group that was diverse in background and life experience. Many are now co-investors in the project, one that they have – in effect – piloted during lockdown.
Maison Cokoon combines the discreet luxury of the boutique hotel and the requirements of the private club. The arrangement is suited to those Lange and Parot describe as: “welcoming, open, dynamic and warm city dwellers interested in having a shared life experience, organized around living well together. Groups of friends, double residents, mobile professionals, juniors (young seniors) will be the future guests of Maison Cokoon, whether single or as a couple.”
“Maison Cokoon combines the discreet luxury of the boutique hotel and the requirements of the private club”
“Lockdown has made us aware of the brutality of isolation. While my children have left the family nest, living in a warm and lively house – in a community – in a serene way re-enchants life,” says one investor in the project, Corinne.
Another investor, Jean, whose partner lives in another country, says: “Geographical separation sometimes makes two accommodations necessary. With Maison Cokoon, couples like mine can keep their common home and share Maison Cokoon, which offers a different experience with the possibility of making new friendships locally.”
At the moment there are two properties: Maison Merjay, which is located in the heart of Ixelles in Brussels, just a few steps from Place Brugmann; and, Maison De Bue located in Uccle, which has an expansive garden. They have 10 and 13 private suites respectively. One offers a more dynamic urban feel, the other offers a more peaceful getaway. The suites also have slightly different styles described as: contemporary, “arty” or classic.
The suites (solo or duo) range from 30 to 60 metres squared, each with a private living room, a bathroom, a sleeping area and a kitchenette, distributed in a beautiful property with exceptional common areas with a chef’s kitchen, dining room, lounge, library, relaxing Cokoon Room and lush garden.
Maison Cokoon respects everyone’s privacy, while creating common areas offering a more convivial time to relax with others. There are even areas suitable for a yoga session or a film. There’s even a planned event program that will revolve around art, gastronomy and well-being.
Among the services included there is a daily cleaning service, high-speed internet, electric bikes, a sauna and permanent access to the resident manager to make daily life easier. There is even a room that can be booked for visitors.
Maison Cokoon has a fixed all-inclusive rental price ranging from €1,850 to €2,500 per month depending on the size of the suite, which includes your private suite, furniture, all charges and services like common grocery, daily cleaning and the monthly brunch.
“This is a perfect solution for those who have moved to Brussels from another country”
The Belgian startup even has plans to establish similar properties in France and Portugal, in order to bring together a large community of cosmopolitan cokooners.
This is a perfect solution for those who have moved to Brussels from another country for a three or four year contract, or those like Jean who live in two places, but want to make one worry free.