Shared micro living: how 2 couples could live/work in 700 sq ft




Having lived in cities like London and Barcelona, where rents and turnover are high, Mike Davies of Studio P10 wanted to experiment with creating a small apartment that could be shared by strangers.

With the help of architects Miguel Angel and Elodie Grammont of Miel Architects, they turned a 700-square-foot apartment into two nearly independent micro-studios with a shared kitchen/dining room in the middle. The studios each have their own bathrooms and shower or bath, table for work or private dining, queen bed and a lofted lounge/sleep area. Each side have primary semi-translucent doors which can be locked for personal privacy and a second wooden door which shuts for acoustic insulation.

The space could house 2 strangers for living and working, or even two couples. Or it could be transformed to accommodate a family. “There’s a lot of micro living now”, says Davies “this is really an experiment in flexible coexistence”.

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41 Comments

  1. Rush B.
    April 29, 2016
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    this is allahu akbardistik

  2. createwithrightintention
    May 9, 2016
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    excellent!

  3. Sheila6325
    May 15, 2016
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    Outstanding idea, and considering what Mike Davies was trying to accomplish, it is Amazing! It's not only the best design for it's purpose, it even respects the buildings history. Current style, yet a whisper of the past that "talks" to you. I love it.

  4. Dianne C
    May 16, 2016
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    love it

  5. LaCeiba1924
    May 30, 2016
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    Um. 700 square feet is hardly micro living. I live in a 600sq foot apartment by myself just fine. Another 100 sqft and another person? That'd be comfortable and roomy! This design takes a decent amount of square footage and makes it feel cramped and claustrophobic. It's not very classy either. :/

  6. Yakatani
    June 6, 2016
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    I would go screaming crazy in such cramped space.

  7. George Lee
    June 6, 2016
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    I'd like to know, how much does this guy pay in rent for this small cramped looking place each month?

  8. Driven home
    June 29, 2016
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    It's gorgeous, lovely, but costs aren't mentioned. Cheaper to offer cleaning services and hard labor and also pay to sleep in a tiny room with a people who can offer you a REAL experience. Who cares when you're traveling and looking at the WORLD !!!! (NOT INSIDE WALLS)

  9. addressedtokill
    July 10, 2016
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    I like the design of the space, but it's not a revolutionary idea. It's a two bedroom flat. With extra sound insulating sex doors.

  10. Doe Eyes
    August 2, 2016
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    I love these apartments!!!! Great thinking!!!! BRAVO!!! I'd love to live there!!!!

  11. Jolly Joy
    August 22, 2016
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    not sure in what world he is living, but there is no way an everyday master student could afford to pay for the rent

  12. 天悦
    September 13, 2016
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    most middle class families in Hong Kong live in apts less than 500 square feet.

  13. Francisco Perales
    September 24, 2016
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    Ikea micro living cool

  14. Lucy Merrett
    September 30, 2016
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    Could you fit a single mattress on the mezzanine?

  15. Cenek ES
    October 6, 2016
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    I saw the palm trees at the start of the video, and said to my self "that's Barcelona" ( I've been there) and I checked the desc and I was right

  16. Estanislao Ramos
    October 10, 2016
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    i NEED THIS

  17. Samol Duong
    October 11, 2016
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    It's designed to look good but it lacks real functionality. Where are the closet or storage space? And the mezzanine is a cool idea, but who would really want to hang out in such a tight spot when they have their bed with so much space and light.

  18. Amy Lim
    October 23, 2016
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    a ten years old boy can hand the camera more stable than you do, perhaps you should quit you make me feel like vomit after watching this video.seriously

  19. Lydia von Berg
    October 27, 2016
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    "Flexible existance" = It's a straight up tenement house.

  20. christian jade valer
    October 28, 2016
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    58 'no(s) and ya(s)

  21. Titan11
    November 9, 2016
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    I don't get how some people are uncomfortable with sharing space with strangers. As a cadet, I find it almost normal to be able to talk to people while you're showering. I've had conversations with people while all parties involved were either showering, changing, or pooping.

  22. LLOVEBEATS
    December 1, 2016
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    yeah yeah "micro" living come to my apartment ya rich bst

  23. hyacinthdibley
    January 24, 2017
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    Hahaha. Off topic, BUT at 1:17…I just love how she says "22 square MEERRUHS", and he responds with "22 square MEETTUS".
    Oh i just love accents. It's really amazing how all humans talk differently. Love the apartment.

  24. Nickelbawker
    January 31, 2017
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    Terrible chairs other than that these minimalisms are pretty good not one of them have I seen an all out desktop where you can sit for 8-10 hours though. Everything else is amazing my apartment is cluttered as hell after hours and hours of organizing.

  25. CptSchmidt
    February 2, 2017
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    These are places for rich kids who never grow up. "Hey, guys, come look at this cool fort I live in for five or six times the price of a standard house's mortgage payment." This is the kind of place people live in to tell people they live in this kind of place. It's like a a gluten-free diet: People only do it so they can tell everybody about it.

  26. Ereesta
    February 11, 2017
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    If you made the beds fold out of the wall you could utilize the space so much more. For example, the room could turn into a lounge so the couple's can have a more private area for guests. Also if the furniture in the seating area in the rooms was collapsible you could put another matress in the area. The seats could also turn into ladders so you wouldn't need built in one's for the lofts.

  27. kyle nicholson
    February 22, 2017
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    So… Room mates… That's normal.

  28. Anne
    April 17, 2017
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    where is the tv???

  29. C4rnif3X
    April 26, 2017
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    Apartments are such a waste of money.. It's good for maybe a 5 year span of your life in your early twenties, but other than that, it's a financial waste of your personal empire. 2,500 a month for rent down the toilet for barely being at home because of being at a job the whole time trying to pay it off. Kinda sick. That money should be going towards a mortgage.

  30. Rachel
    May 3, 2017
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    seven hundern square feet is pretty normal right bigger than most apartments

  31. Joanne C
    May 3, 2017
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    700 sq ft is very spacious already. Hong Kong sells flats that are 200 sq ft….

  32. Rick Schweitzer
    May 17, 2017
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    I like it

  33. Kawaii Usagi
    May 21, 2017
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    Perfect AirBnB flat !

  34. Dove Girl
    May 28, 2017
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    fabulous!

  35. Kim Monroe
    June 19, 2017
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    This is ridiculous… basically they have made a boarding house and so much wasted space. Why not just have two separate 350 sq ft apartments?

  36. Love Bug
    July 16, 2017
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    The reading area sucks. Adults would want a comfortable chair to sit in and be able to sit and have adult conversation. They are not going to say come up the stairs and in my cheap bean bag.

  37. yabon banania
    August 8, 2017
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    Cut immigration and the housing problem will disappear

  38. Bella Curcio
    August 19, 2017
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    this is perfect

  39. David vd Merwe
    August 29, 2017
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    Eat Pizza, chocolate fondant en give natural birth in your: Shared micro living: how 2 couples could live/work in 700 sq ft.

  40. Rebecca Higgins
    October 22, 2017
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    I don't understand why people have to be so negative and pick things apart. If you don't like what you're seeing move on to the next one.
    Because what works for these people is not going to work for everyone and thank God it doesn't what boring world this would. Be kind.

  41. bluedance lilly
    November 6, 2017
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    This is great for 2 roommates who want separate privacy and a full tiny apt in a bedroom. Good design.

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