AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL FORMS

Castles Lifestyle - - CONTENTS -

Typ­i­cally, the mini-flat (Nige­ria’s an­swer to the stu­dio) is a con­verted ser­vants’ quarters or a house/apart­ment cut up into smaller liv­ing units. But as Nige­ria’s de­mo­graph­ics con­tinue to change and more sin­gles who are well off, seek ac­com­mo­da­tion that fits their size and fits their sta­tus, there will be a mar­ket for pur­pose built mini-flats.

As we are the pro­gen­i­tors of this class of real es­tate, per­mit us to prof­fer how we this type of apart­ment should look like. This loft like apart­ment by Ko­ray Yavuzer should fit the bill. It has the ad­van­tage of be­ing cosy but with all the var­i­ous el­e­ments of the space be­ing clearly distinct. The ob­vi­ous at­ten­tion grab­ber is the sleep­ing plat­form which can be reached by a flight of stairs. While this can be walled off, it negates the ethos of the design – open plan liv­ing which gives the im­pres­sion of a lot of space.

Other sec­tions are well de­fined. The kitchen is tucked away while a free stand­ing wall de­mar­cates the liv­ing from din­ing ar­eas. This free stand­ing wall also acts as the tele­vi­sion wall.

There are some ad­van­tages to this type of free flow­ing design. With fewer walls, an apart­ment block of such mini-flats would not need too much struc­tural work. The design also means that the space could be given a makeover eas­ily – a ne­ces­sity for a mil­len­nial who can eas­ily get bored. The down­sides will be the amount of cool­ing re­quired for the space as op­posed to dif­fer­ent rooms in an apart­ment with walls. But we did call it lux­ury….so if you need to know the cost of cool­ing be­fore buy­ing, then, you can­not af­ford it!

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