In November, San Francisco,
California, USA changed its
building code to permit
nearly 2 feet (. 6 meters) above the city average—as
a prime example. “That creates more volume of
space and allows for big windows, which gives you
a sense of connectivity to the larger world around
you,” Ms. Vandal says. The team also designed
the building with ample common space, including
a rooftop deck, so apartment-dwellers don’t feel
Floor plans are but one part of the planning
process, says Tom O’Hara, director of business
development for New York, New York-based mod-
ular construction company Capsys Corporation,
which will be in charge of building the units. For
My Micro NY, the firm settled on prefabrication
to lower costs and help ease logistical concerns. The units are built off-site and
then stacked atop one another like building blocks.
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Tokyo, Japan, which led the global trend in micro-living, remains a breeding
ground for diminutive housing projects, according to ABC News.
But now similar projects are underway in other crowded cities.
Urban professionals in cities across China see the affordability
of smaller spaces as a boon. In Dongguan, China, micro-apartments
as small as 160 square feet ( 15 square meters) are being developed,
according to The Wall Street Journal.
In Vancouver, Canada, developers Reliance Properties and
ITC Construction turned a defunct hotel into 30 “micro-loft”
apartments, each under 300 square feet ( 28 square meters).
In November 2012, San Francisco, California, USA changed
its building code to permit 220-square-foot (20-square-meter)
apartments. The SmartSpace micro-apartment complex, already
in development, features design innovations such as fold-up beds
integrated into dining tables and hollow ottomans that double as
Across the country in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, a landmark building called the Arcade has been repurposed into 48
micro-lofts. The apartments, which average 250 square feet ( 23
square meters), will welcome tenants this spring.
However, every micro-living project comes with larger infrastructure considerations. Critics in some cities say an influx of
mini-apartment complexes could clog transit routes, create an
USA 214 m2 (702 ft2)
average apartment floor space around the world
Australia 206 m2 (675 ft2)
France 113 m2 (370 ft2)
Japan 95 m2 (311 ft2)