DE­SIGN­ING FOR MUL­TI­PUR­POSE ROOMS

With space at a pre­mium, rooms with just one func­tion could be­come a thing of the past, writes Cather­ine Nikas Bou­los

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In the ar­chi­tec­tural world, space re­ally is the fi­nal fron­tier. While sky­rock­et­ing real es­tate prices have been blamed for a re­turn to smaller hous­ing and the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of apart­ment liv­ing, ev­ery­one is look­ing to squeeze the most from smaller spa­ces.

The good news is ar­chi­tects and builders are ad­dress­ing this need to cre­ate more from less.

Mul­ti­pur­pose rooms that can morph from one func­tion to the next with min­i­mal ef­fort are be­com­ing a sought-af­ter de­sign el­e­ment.

In­stead of hav­ing de­fined and rigid ideas of how spe­cific rooms should be used, the idea that the floor­plan should be flex­i­ble enough to cope with a grow­ing or chang­ing house­hold is the way for­ward.

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