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Houses don't come a lot smaller than this tiny London pad

The 13 sq Metre House was completed in January, 2017
The 13 sq Metre House was completed in January, 2017
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Inside, the 13 sq Metre House looks a lot more comfortable than you might expect
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Inside, the 13 sq Metre House looks a lot more comfortable than you might expect
The 13 sq Metre House features lots of clever custom made plywood furniture
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The 13 sq Metre House features lots of clever custom made plywood furniture
The 13 sq Metre House's Murphy-style bed shown in its up position 
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The 13 sq Metre House's Murphy-style bed shown in its up position 
As you might have guessed, the 13 sq Metre House measures 13 sq m (139 sq ft) 
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As you might have guessed, the 13 sq Metre House measures 13 sq m (139 sq ft) 
The 13 sq Metre House features a neat storage shelf with extending standing desk 
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The 13 sq Metre House features a neat storage shelf with extending standing desk 
The 13 sq Metre House's small standing desk
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The 13 sq Metre House's small standing desk
The 13 sq Metre House's kitchenette lies to the left of this shot and the dining booth to the right 
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The 13 sq Metre House's kitchenette lies to the left of this shot and the dining booth to the right 
The 13 sq Metre House's dining booth extends in length when needed 
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The 13 sq Metre House's dining booth extends in length when needed 
Shots showing the 13 sq Metre House's dining booth extending in length
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Shots showing the 13 sq Metre House's dining booth extending in length
The 13 sq Metre House's small couch and kitchenette
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The 13 sq Metre House's small couch and kitchenette
The 13 sq Metre House's small seating area being used gives a sense of scale
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The 13 sq Metre House's small seating area being used gives a sense of scale
The 13 sq Metre House's small bathroom
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The 13 sq Metre House's small bathroom
The 13 sq Metre House's small bathroom
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The 13 sq Metre House's small bathroom
The 13 sq Metre House's Murphy-style drop-down bed
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The 13 sq Metre House's Murphy-style drop-down bed
The 13 sq Metre House was completed in January, 2017
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The 13 sq Metre House was completed in January, 2017
Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
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Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
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Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
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Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
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Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House
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Architectural drawing of the 13 sq Meter House

Due to house prices in London being what they are, some shrewd firms are looking to turn even the smallest space into a viable home. With this in mind, Studiomama has transformed a tiny former minicab (taxi) office into a full-time home using clever custom furniture and interior design.

No prizes for guessing the size of the aptly-named 13 Sq Metre House (139 sq ft), but to put it into perspective, there's around half the floorspace of most tiny houses we see nowadays. Naturally, Studiomama had a real job on its hands to make the north London dwelling livable.

Collaborating with local firms Commission by You and Viaduct, Studiomama drew inspiration for the interior layout from caravan and boat interiors and outfitted the home with custom plywood furniture units.

Most of the interior is taken up by a single space which has everything but the bathroom. Furniture and storage units are arranged along the walls and include a Murphy-style drop-down bed that reveals wall shelving and a neat dining booth that can be extended in length to seat more guests. Additionally, a small standing desk extends outward from a shelving unit.

The 13 sq Metre House's small seating area being used gives a sense of scale
The 13 sq Metre House's small seating area being used gives a sense of scale

There's some storage space in the home, including a wardrobe and shelving units. It also includes a small kitchenette, while a door leads to a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.

Though obviously not for everyone, the 13 Sq Metre House actually looks more comfortable than you might expect, judging from the photos at least. The decor helps a little with this and seems nice and light, as do the decently-proportioned windows on the home's front.

The 13 Sq Metre House was bought at auction by Studiomama then renovated over 10 months. Completed in January, it's currently rented out to a young professional.

The movie below, filmed and edited by Suzie Joyce, shows the designers talking about their interest in small living and some of the thinking behind the design.

Source: Studiomama

Studiomama uses sliding plywood furniture to overhaul 13-square-metre house in London

2 comments
McDesign
That actually is pretty nice - a lot more than some of the "tiny houses" we see here.
sugamari
You can't avoid the bedroom tax that easily.