Marpole Micro-Apartments

MICRO-APARTMENTS  / schematic design / studio UBC architecture / 2012

As rental rates in Vancouver continue to rise, single family homes are increasingly divided into housing for students and low income individuals. Designed for a studio focused on affordable housing in the Vancouver community of Marpole, this project attempts to balance quality individual space with functional shared space. To achieve this, the volume and footprint of the single family home is divided into 12 micro apartments (19 Sq. M. 207 Sq.ft.). The garage is replaced by a shared kitchen, dining, living room and workshop, that becomes a social and creative space for the units. The minimal individual space and emphasis on usable shared space is intended to accommodate an affordable lifestyle for seniors, students or singles while increasing the density on the typical parcel.