News Home & Design Victorian House Converted Into 193 Sq. Ft. Micro-Apartments By Kimberley Mok Kimberley Mok Twitter Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who has been covering architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. Learn about our editorial process Updated October 11, 2018 © Laura Encinas. Laura Encinas Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive With housing prices skyrocketing in many major cities, many are looking for more affordable alternatives. That might be why micro-apartments are becoming popular in urban centres like Sydney, Paris and New York City. Similarly in London, design firm Bicbloc was tasked with transforming an older, four-storey Victorian-era terraced house into 14 micro-apartments measuring 18 square metres (193 square feet), which feature modular multifunctional units that hold a bed, kitchen and storage. In addition, the property has communal interior spaces and a large, shared backyard. © Laura Encinas © Laura Encinas © Laura EncinasThe module has been made in a way that a group of basic design concepts can be adapted to each micro-apartment, and spatially as a "group of volumes intersecting with each other." For instance, there's an elevated bed that sits on top of storage and a pull-out desk/table, lighting, a hidden kitchen with a stove, refrigerator and microwave. © Laura Encinas © Laura Encinas To keep the material palette warm, the volumes are covered with wood veneered panels in smoked walnut or black oak. The idea was to keep everything looking uniform and warm, so that it looks uncluttered. © Laura Encinas © Laura Encinas © Laura Encinas © Laura Encinas The bathrooms are separate from the rest of the space and features toilets and showers. © Laura Encinas Local regulations state that newly built apartments must be minimum of 37 square metres (398 square feet), but since this building was not new, the project was able to construct 14 micro-apartments instead. It's meeting a rising demand for more affordable and efficient spaces, says Bicbloc's head designer, Laura Encinas: 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. © Laura Encinas To see more, visit Bicbloc, on Facebook and Instagram.