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!