Multi-layered urban housing prototype packs in plenty of great small space ideas

Apostrophy's
© Apostrophy's

Finding a balance between small, constrained spaces and living harmoniously with the urban environment poses a challenging design problem. Bangkok, Thailand-based design collective Apostrophy's takes a flexible, multi-purpose and more "universal" approach in creating a conceptual "Living In The City" housing prototype, which consists of a series of overlapping mezzanines and living walls, maximizing living space and functionality.

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The absence of walls underscores the unit's appeal for universality; but the presence of semi-open brise-soleil indicates it's more of a design for warmer climates. With all the mezzanines measuring a total of 97 square meters (1,044 square feet), the design's advantage lies in its stacked and layered spaces, which then allows it to occupy a smaller footprint. The first level is equipped with a ramp, plus clearances in the kitchen, living and dining area that can accommodate a wheelchair.

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Above the living room space is a multipurpose "floating area" that the user can transform into storage, guest space, or working space, depending on what is needed at the moment, and which is separated from the master bedroom by a sliding storage partition. There's a wardrobe here too that's covered by curtains.

© Apostrophy's
© Apostrophy's
© Apostrophy's

The topmost mezzanine is an open loft that apparently has no dedicated function, but could probably be transformed into a studio or workspace. For one person or a couple living together, it may be not necessary at all, but it does add another level of complexity.

There are a lot of TreeHugger favourites here, like stair risers which double as storage, and a wall in the kitchen space that also functions as a surface to grow plants and herbs.

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A thoughtful exploration into living in small but efficient spaces that has a lot of potential; more over at Apostrophy's website.

Tags: Architecture | Small Spaces | Thailand

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