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Tiny house movement inspires snug student housing

Tiny house movement inspires s...
Each Hermes City Plaza apartment measures just 18 sq m (193 sq ft)
Each Hermes City Plaza apartment measures just 18 sq m (193 sq ft)
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Each Hermes City Plaza apartment measures just 18 sq m (193 sq ft)
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Each Hermes City Plaza apartment measures just 18 sq m (193 sq ft)
Standard Studio made good use of the tall ceiling available in the former office space to install a tiny house-style loft bed hanging 2 m (6.5 ft) above the floor
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Standard Studio made good use of the tall ceiling available in the former office space to install a tiny house-style loft bed hanging 2 m (6.5 ft) above the floor
Students reach the loft sleeping area by climbing atop a storage unit 
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Students reach the loft sleeping area by climbing atop a storage unit 
The Hermes City Plaza apartments include a desk area for study
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The Hermes City Plaza apartments include a desk area for study
The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a sofa with integrated storage
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The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a sofa with integrated storage
The Hermes City Plaza apartments have integrated storage units that cleverly double up as a staircase
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The Hermes City Plaza apartments have integrated storage units that cleverly double up as a staircase
The Hermes City Plaza apartments have a small kitchen
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The Hermes City Plaza apartments have a small kitchen
The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a sink that serves both bathroom and kitchen 
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The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a sink that serves both bathroom and kitchen 
The Hermes City Plaza apartments officially opened earlier this year
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The Hermes City Plaza apartments officially opened earlier this year
The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a dining area
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The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a dining area

Amsterdam-based Standard Studio was commissioned to turn an old Rotterdam office building into student housing consisting of 218 self-contained apartments. With little available floorspace to work with, the firm drew design inspiration from the space-saving designs pioneered by the tiny house movement.

Each Hermes City Plaza apartment measures only 18 sq m (193 sq ft), which to put it into perspective, is not too far off the Sturgis tiny house. Notwithstanding this lack of space, Standard Studio still managed to squeeze in some home comforts, including a kitchenette, double bed, and shower.

The firm made good use of the tall ceiling in the former office space to add a queen-sized loft bed that hangs down from the concrete ceiling. Residents must access the bed by climbing atop a storage unit that doubles as a staircase (a handrail is installed to help unsteady students make the climb safely after a late night spent studying or partying).

The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a sink that serves both bathroom and kitchen 
The Hermes City Plaza apartments feature a sink that serves both bathroom and kitchen 

Other notable space-saving ideas include the sink. "Because the house offers no space for a vanity unit and a sink in the kitchen, both have been ingeniously combined," says Standard Studio. "The sink is divided by a floating panel which is on one side a sink with mirror. And on the other hand, it is a sink in the kitchen with a handy chalkboard."

Elsewhere in the apartment lies a dining table, a sofa with integrated storage space, and a desk area.

The Hermes City Plaza building also contains some shared areas and amenities, such as a roof terrace, music room, laundry area, bar, and a private garden.

Construction work was completed in 2017 and it officially opened earlier this year.

Source: Standard Studio

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