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By Mark McConville

 

 

COULD the solution to London’s housing crisis be these tiny 193-square-foot apartments constructed for £600k?

 

Stunning pictures show each apartment squeezed into the small space, with a group of volumes intersecting each other to save space while comprising of all the necessary functions: bed, kitchen, bathroom and a large storage system.

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While all the amenities are set as one big wooden block the bathroom is arranged as a separate space next to this volume.

 

The ‘18 SQM Micro-Apartments’ were designed Laura Encinas of architecture and design practice Bicbloc as she converted a four-storey Victorian terraced house in West Hampstead, London into 14 serviced studio apartments with a total construction cost of £600k.

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“The client wished to convert the property into a new co-living concept to cater to the strong rental demand in London and changing living habits,” she said.

 

“To maximise space in each apartment and taking into consideration a very limited budget, Bicbloc decided to develop a compact and modular design that would be easily adapted in each apartment.

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“The design consists of a group of volumes intersecting with each other. These volumes incorporate all the functions: bed, kitchen, bathroom and lots of storage.

 

“The double bed is reached by a set of stairs which also allocate a pull-out table for dinning or work-desk use. A kitchen with fridge, hob, oven-microwave and shelves is hidden behind a pair of foldable doors.

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“The occupants benefit from a large amount of storage underneath the bed, side cupboard and over-head units.

 

“A porcelain-tiled bathroom with walk-in shower sits next to these main volumes. Every volume has been crafted from wood veneered panels in smoked walnut or black oak.

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“The uniformity of the volumes in wood is complemented with a feature wall clad in a contemporary design wall-paper evoking all together a high-quality, warm, comfortable and uncluttered space.

 

“The property also offers single studio apartment options, shared social spaces and a large back garden.”

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