Critique at University of Virginia
Critique at University of Virginia

SPACE OPTIMIZATION – DESIGNING A MICRO APARTMENT

This project was developed by Atiya Nusrat as a student from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Residential category.

Do we actually need the typical 800sft, 1200st of 1500sft dwelling unit with a family member of two people or three people including a child. Why wasting space when we can live properly within 200 sft – 350 sft ?? While there is a high demand of open land due to urbanization and increase of population leads to raise the land value.

Now a days with the trend of apartment living style and busy life we almost forget to communicate with our neighbors that apart us from society. Not only that with the scarcity of land we can’t actually provide our children an open playground or community/interaction space.

Let’s rethink our dwelling apartments within an optimum living space(includes parents bedroom, children bedroom cum living, kitchen and washroom) with open playground, children play area, community library and laundry facilities.

The site area of this project is 3000sft where the build area is 1400 sft leads 53% open green space for playground, water body, parking purpose in which 1400sft contains green space including a water body. The ground floor is dedicated for community service that includes a gymnasium, gathering space and entry lobby. There are mainly two types of units. One is 300sft unit for a single family with one child and another one is 200sft dwelling unit for a couple while some flats are provided with personal 50sft green terrace and the rest are provided with common green terrace. Each floor contains with community library and children play area and common green terrace which increase more social interaction. In the roof there is a facilities for laundry service and green roof that can be used for social gathering or for a party for any occasion.

The practice of living in micro apartment with more open space not only decrease the demand of land but also increase the social interaction and better living space with more green.