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The multiple-use approach allows the space to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a variety of lifestyles | Photo source Francesca Perani

Micro-apartment doubles as self-isolation space

Architecture & Design

An Italian architect has designed a micro-space that can be used for self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic

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Spotted: Architect Francesca Perani has designed a mini-flat which is just 25-square metres in size, that could be perfect for self-isolation. The space was designed for a couple living in Albino, a small town in the Italian province of Bergamo, and has been added onto their house.

The renovation project transformed the couple’s porch, turning a storage space into a mini self-contained living area. The space includes a lot of hidden storage, and an open-plan living space with multifunctional furniture, such as window boxes that double as seats and a long daybed that is also a storage chest. There is also a bathroom and a separate kitchen area. Wardrobes next to the entrance conceal the heating system and washing machine, and can also accommodate a study desk.

The multiple-use approach allows the space to be as flexible as possible to accommodate a variety of lifestyles. It was originally intended to be used as a guest space or an office, but could also make a practical area for a COVID-19 sufferer to self-isolate away from the rest of their family.

The exterior of the space includes arches made from folded sheets of perforated metal, which act as a sunshade and allow for large windows.

At Springwise, we have taken a keen interest in innovative ideas adding flexibility to living and working spaces. Some of the innovations highlighted recently include on-demand office spaces in unusual places and buildings made from shipping containers.

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