When one thinks of student housing, images of generic and worn down dorm rooms come to mind. In collaboration with students at Lund University, Tengbom Architects have recreated student dormitories that will shatter these shabby imaginings. Their innovation in transforming student living is rather unprecedented.
Due to the materials used, the remodelled flats are both environmentally friendly and reduced by 50% in cost to the students. Materials are sourced locally as much as possible to further decrease the ecological footprint this project.
Even though each room is 10x10 square metres, the efficient layout makes the most of the space. With the thoughtful use of height, for instance, students can live comfortably. Each dorm includes a small kitchen, desk, sleeping loft, bathroom, and even a small outdoor patio. If you’re reading this and still find yourself wondering how all of it could be possible, you’re in luck. Let us take you on a tour of this fantastic and transformative approach to student housing.
To start, let's take a look at the exterior of a model of the student housing unit. It is hard to imagine that what doesn't appear to be much larger than a birdhouse can include all the essentials for student living. In fact, the 10 sqm pod was chosen over the dormitory's previous model, which stood around 25 sqm per room. Unbelievable! It's time to take a closer look inside. As we will see, in this case less is actually much more.
Taking the first look inside at the entrance area to the room, it feels as though these students are living in a luxury tree house! The colour of the wood is cheerful, and the bright green accents add a fun touch. This is not merely a refreshing look for student living; the wood used in these housing units was selected for its specifically environmentally friendly properties, so it's saving some actual trees in the process. Of course, there is still plenty to say abut the kitchen itself, and we will divulge shortly.
When we pivot around to face the other direction, it's hard to contain the surprise! There is a study area, loft, and even a small bathroom. Let's start with the loft. Tengbom Architects takes this classic space maximising technique to extraordinary new heights. The bed fits neatly above the study area, and subtly thin metal bars are in place for safety without taking away from the lightness of the unit's interior. The mattress and accompanying pillows easily double as a daybed for hanging out and relaxing with company. Due to the two-storey layout, clothing can be hung from above. The green accents prevail here too, giving the little home an added element of cohesive style.
It is critical that students have ample space to study in their dorm rooms, and this 10sqm certainly does not claim to be an exception. There is ample shelving to store books and supplies, a small desk and toadstool, and even a comfy hanging chair for curling up with a book. One of the unit's largest windows is located in front of the desk, which allows for an abundance of natural light that is conducive to better concentration while studying. The windowsill even provides enough space for personal decorations.
From above, we have a better view of the kitchen. We see that there is a decently sized window that casts light onto the dining table. The kitchenette doesn't actually seem to be lacking in anything that a typical dorm room kitchen would provide. There is a sink, stove, and small seating area big enough for two. The stylish light hangs from above to maximise space while two large shelves are conveniently located above the kitchen area for storage.
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