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MicroflatsSan Francisco, CA

Stats:

  • 250 to 300 square foot apartments
  • Mid-rise to high-rise urban infill building
  • Anywhere in city
  • Minimize parking, fewest allowable per planning code.
  • Hybrid between dorm room and loft.
  • Rent or sell: below $1000/month or below $200,000 purchase.
  • Smart design; clever, modern, hip, fashionable.
  • Each to have a very large window.
  • Each w/ a plasma screen flat tv monitor.
  • Sleeping mezzanines if ht allows.

 

Amenities:

  • 24-hour concierge.
  • City-share car rental…building leases out a few cars to residents on a sign-up basis.
  • Common area (living room) for micro cinema events
  • Live feed to tv cable that is a roof camera so all apts have a great view.

 

Flexibility:

  • Design so future expansion is possible; left, right, up, down into adjacent unit.

 

Misc:

  • Think European urban apts, or Asian urban apts.
  • The apartment equivalent of the ‘smart car’
  • How would Ikea design and deliver an apartment?
  • Will bring together similar types of “urbanites” who will create a sense of community that is positive for the building and attractive to others…will act as a draw…building as a desired destination based on its reputation.
  • A partial answer to the high costs of urban dwelling.
  • Lease to own?
  • Affordable housing without the word ‘affordable’…call it economic housing.
  • Worker housing.

 

Precedent:

  • In-law studio apartments all over the city.
  • Cities all over the world, except US.
  • London..the microflat company.