Student housing has come a long way since the days of crowding two roommates into a confined space with a couple of beds and a single desk. Case in point: this impressive student housing complex designed by Amsterdam-based firm Standard Studio that uses the principles of tiny home living. Located in Rotterdam, the Hermes City Plaza apartments offer 218 beautiful 200-square-feet units incorporated with various multi-functional and ultra-efficient features.

interior living space with white walls and furniture

The purpose of the project was to create housing for first year Erasmus students who are new to the city. Looking to go beyond the usual cramped and cold student housing, the architects decided to create a series of independently functioning units, which are all less than 200 square feet. Inspired by the tiny home movement, these apartments feature space efficiency, natural light and smart storage.

desk and chair facing out a window and stairs

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Each unit comes with a fully equipped living space, meaning there is a full kitchen and bathroom. No more flip-flopping it to the typical shared community bathrooms! The apartments have an open layout that connects the living room to a small kitchenette and dining area.

sink in foreground with living space in the background

Space efficiency was essential at every step and forced the designers to get creative. There wasn’t enough room to put a full sink in the kitchen, so the team installed one large sink that straddles the kitchen and the bathroom. A half-partition that separates the two spaces pulls double duty as a mirror for the bathroom and a chalkboard for the kitchen. All the cabinetry was custom-built out of renewable bamboo, and LED strips light up the space when natural light isn’t available.

sofa and desk combination unit

The design takes advantage of vertical space with high ceilings and a sleeping loft. The loft is reached by stairs and has built-in closets and shelving. In fact, most of the apartments’ furnishings provide dual functionalities. The living room, for example, has one large multipurpose unit that incorporates a sofa, a desk and storage.

a small kitchen table with chairs

The space offers students a feel of independent living, but there are some shared amenities meant to foster a strong sense of community. Residents can enjoy a rooftop terrace, music room, TV rooms, a laundry area and a communal study area.

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a closet and storage area under stairs