Affordable student housing meets sustainable chic in a tiny living unit designed by Tengbom Architects. Within just 10 square-meters, the Swedish-based design firm created an efficient and compact living solution that boasts impressive environmental benefits as well. Sustainable and smart, the tiny student unit is currently on display at the Virserum Art Museum in Småland, Sweden.
During the design process, Tengbom Architects collaborated with the students at the University of Lund to carefully tailor the new flat to student preferences. Each unit features a comfortable sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom and even a small garden with a patio. An experiment in affordable student housing, the architects obtained special permission to have zoning minimums reduced from 25 square-meters to just 10 square-meters. This 40% reduction in building footprint would save students 50% in rent.
In addition to a tinier building footprint, these tiny structures also have a significantly reduced carbon footprint. With energy efficiency in mind, locally sourced cross-laminated wood was chosen as the primary construction material due to its renewable properties. Working with wood manufacturer Martinsons, the architects also devised an assembling technique that could be done on-site to reduce construction time.
The exhibit will be open to the public until December 8, 2013. In January of next year, 22 units will be built and ready for student move-in.