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Viaduct presents the 14 Square Metre House – 15-24 September 2016

By EM on August 12, 2016 in Architecture, CDQ, Design, Exhibitions, Industry Publicity, Viaduct

Designers Nina Tolstrup & Jack Mama of Studiomama have developed an interior scheme in an unusual existing building in the heart of north London that measures just 14 square metres. Viaduct presents key interior elements of the scheme during the London Design Festival at its Clerkenwell showroom.

This is a carefully considered scheme, where simple furniture elements are integrated to make flexible space that looks and feels way beyond its minuscule square meterage. A series of volumetric spaces, assembled and fitted together make a cohesive area.

This small space dwelling was driven by defining requirements and designing a home that offers a decent bed size, sufficient storage, comfortable lounging seating, a work space, a sitting/dining area, cooking and shower facility. In an era of space deprivation, this is a thoughtful structure that provides a liveable space.


14 Square Metre House – 15-24 September, 2016

Viaduct, 1-10 Summers Street, London EC1R 5BD T: +44(0)20 7278 8456

Opening times: Weekdays 9.30am-6pm; Saturdays 10.30am-4.00pm


Urbanisation is predicted by the UN to grow at an ever increasing rate from 54% today to 66% by 2050. We already see the effect of this trend in inner city living; the housing market, the lack of space not just in London but globally. As space becomes more and more of a premium, we have to rethink how we live and how we organise our living space. There is a new generation seeking out different ways of living, whether it is a micro-living, house boat living, a co-living lifestyle or the flexibility of a job-gigging lifestyle with a flexible airbnb-type housing arrangement – all alternative ways to facilitate a roof over one’s head. It goes beyond flat-sharing into the realms of a new social dynamic where being nomadic is also a factor in your live-work existence.

Based on Studiomama’s own private development, Nina Tolstrup says ”This is a project that we are very excited about, we have created small spaces before but this is a great challenge as it is impossible to get a small space like this to work using any off the shelf furniture – all the interior has to be custom made for the space, it is more like designing the interior of a boat or caravan. Commissioned by You has been contracted as makers on the project”.

James Mair, founder of Viaduct, explains his fascination with the project “Anyone who lives in London knows the challenges facing a new generation of city dwellers. Nina’s project appealed to me for a number of reasons, one because of its interior challenge, to make quality design accessible to all, and two because it should fire up a debate on housing in this city. There’s been much talk about co-living which is certainly one possibility, but here is one elegant solution for a tiny central London building. We don’t want to lose a generation because they can’t afford to live and work here.”

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