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A Tiny Loft Designed to Fit in the Gap Between Buildings

Adele Peters

These micro-homes are so narrow they can fit in the smallest city spaces: the gaps between two nearby buildings. Despite the minuscule size, the designs include features like indoor gardens and even rock climbing walls and swings. Each of the designs is surrounded by a perimeter of windows to let in light (the concept won a design competition from a window manufacturer).

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  • Naomi Stark

    The design, entitled Live Between Buildings!, proposes filling unused gaps between buildings with lightweight lofts, based on FAKRO technology. These lofts come with the standard kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. The in-house infrastructure includes ladders and a climbing wall to get to the ceiling. Thank goodness we walk so much in NY—it would be quite difficult to wall-climb if we were out of shape!

    These micro-houses come in playful shapes—as if climbing walls and swings weren’t enough fun—an X, an O, a tree, a cloud, a speech bubble, and a space invader, are all potential configurations. FAKRO has said that the winning infill-loft dwellings could be realized entirely out of roof windows. “The possibility of shapes is endless,” the firm added.

    With minimal footprint and facade surface, but a maximum of living quality, the Live Between Buildings! project contributes to a denser, more sustainable city of the future. Now when does our lease let-up, again?

  • Kate Andrews

    Thank you for sharing this with the Good community, Adele. It's a superb project.