Size: 350 m2
Micro-apartment size: 18 m2
Photography: Laura Encinas
The existing property consisted of a four-storey Victorian terraced house divided into 11 bedsits with a back garden.
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.
The response to the brief was a high-quality development which would operate as serviced apartments. Bicbloc managed to reconfigure the original layout into 14 serviced 18 sqm-studio apartments.
To maximise space in each apartment and taking into consideration a very limited budget, Bicbloc decided to develop a compact and modular design that would be easily adapted in each apartment.
The property also offers single studio apartment options, shared social spaces and a large back garden.
The design consists of a group of volumes intersecting with each other. These volumes incorporate all the functions: bed, kitchen, bathroom and lots of storage.
The double bed is reached by a set of stairs which also allocate a pull-out table for dinning or work-desk use. A kitchen with fridge, hob, oven-microwave and shelves is hidden behind a pair of foldable doors. The occupants benefit from a large amount of storage underneath the bed, side cupboard and over-head units.
A porcelain-tiled bathroom with walk-in shower sits next to these main volumes.
Every volume has been crafted from wood veneered panels in smoked walnut or black oak. The uniformity of the volumes in wood is complemented with a feature wall clad in a contemporary design wall-paper evoking all together a high-quality, warm, comfortable and uncluttered space.