Purpose The concept ‘shared space’, where different users use the same space, is expected to be a way towards a more environmental, economic and social sustainable build environment. This paper presents important aspects of establishing a shared space in a real-world context by study-ing Lyngby Idraetsby (‘sports city’) in Denmark, with the purpose of increasing the understand-ing of shared space as a strategy towards a more sustainable space- and portfolio management.
Theory Shared space in the form of coworking and hot-desking are well described in literature. The case in this paper is a public real-estate complex within sports, and the theory used will be centred on usability, user involvement and space management.
Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on a study of a specific case; Lyngby Id-raetsby. The approach is inductive, and the information gathered via interviews with planners, facilitators and users, with additional information collected via documents and observations at planning and user meetings.
Findings The project shows how shared space is relevant for the users and the project as a whole, and sheds light on key challenges regarding user involvement and facilitation that have to be handled when establishing a shared space.
Originality/value Shared space is receiving increasing attention, as part of the topics of the ‘sharing economy’ etc. These themes illustrate trends in society, but there is little empirically material available when it comes to FM. This paper intends to fill part of this knowledge gap with an in-depth case study.