How well can you live in less than 150 square feet? If you’re lucky enough to benefit from Studiomama’s design for a 13 square meter house, the answer is very well, thank you very much. During London Design Festival 2016, visitors to the Viaduct London furniture showroom can walk through a full-scale model of the clever design and easily imagine themselves living large in a super small environment.
The original site for the interior plan is an unusual building in north London measuring only 13 square meters, or just under 140 square feet. To maximize the small footprint, Studiomama designed a dwelling for a single person with integrated furniture and plenty of storage.
The recreation on show, part of the Clerkenwell Design Quarter and built by Commissioned By You,
highlights the integrated elements, with other components like the fold-out bed, kitchen and bathroom indicated with red tape.
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Studiomama’s model for micro-living features a wall of storage, with sliding doors concealing shelves for belongings. A pull-out desk provides room for working on a laptop. Benches and a relaxation nook upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat provide seating for resting and entertaining. The dining table extends to provide additional surface.
Though certainly petite in size, the design’s approach to minimalist living doesn’t presume no belongings. Studiomama made a careful inventory of the potential contents of a one-person house, including bulky items like a suitcase, and planned the storage accordingly.
Their list of essentials includes practical pieces like a bike helmet and extra light bulbs, as well as sentimental items like photos and souvenirs. The clothes wardrobe has room for, among
other things, 20 pairs of socks, 12 trousers and skirts, and 20 t-shirts, if organized in the “Marie Kondo packing style.”
The challenge is an interesting one, the designers point out, as the minimal footprint and unusual shape requires furniture to be integrated. Store-bought furnishings simply wouldn’t have worked, so creative thinking was required.
As city dwellers contend with increasing rent and smaller living quarters, the 13 Square Meter house certainly presents an intriguing, well-considered proposition for making the most of precious space.
Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat