At one time, it was thought wide open spaces equated to luxury and affluence. Now that same type of living can be achieved in microscopic spaces. Microscopic living space is nothing new for big-city residents. In cities such as New York and San Francisco, studio apartments sometimes range between 200 to 300 square feet or even smaller. But these days, tiny doesn’t have to mean crummy and cramped. In fact, some micro-apartments can be downright awesome while being cost effective.
In highly populated cities, there have been some serious concerns about where and how all of the people are supposed to live comfortably. Interest in smaller dwellings as a solution had already been growing before Hurricane Sandy. Now residents are looking for a sustainable alternative. The Museum of the City of New York has exhibited a tiny apartment series entitled Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.
This design was a part of the Museum’s exhibit. It includes a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. The living room transforms into the bedroom with just some minor alterations. The pillows from the couch are removed, and the full-size bed extends from the wall, and there is also office space.
With this exhibition, the Museum of the City of New York and the Citizens Housing & Planning Council are giving New Yorkers a glimpse into the future of housing in our city,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “The exhibition clearly demonstrates why New York City needs to allow the development of new types of housing units.”
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