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700 Sq. Ft. Double-Studio Home Designed for Roommates

This 700 sq. ft. double-studio apartment in Barcelona is like nothing you have ever seen before because it’s designed to be shared by strangers if you wanted to. In fact, even two couples would be able to use the space. That’s the potential for 4 people in a 700 sq. ft. space. That’s one 700 sq. ft. apartment with two studios inside. The design has been created by Studio P10 and Miel Arquitectos.

It’s done by creating communal areas that consist of the entrance, dining, and kitchen in addition to private areas that can be opened or closed for privacy. In summary, there’s a communal kitchen. Then there are two studios with their own separate (and private) bathrooms.

I can see how designs like this can be used in big cities and even in university areas so that people can split the cost of housing while also getting to share resources with each other. What do you think? Can you see arrangements like this working? If so, for who? Would it work for you? Either way, please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!

700 Sq. Ft. Double-Studio Home Designed for Roommates


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  • Cahow
    February 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

    Where’s the Facebook comments section?

    • Alex
      February 8, 2015, 3:05 pm

      I removed them last night to try and make the site load faster (and remove some clutter from it too)

      • Cahow
        February 8, 2015, 3:43 pm

        Thanks, Alex. I’ve been on both sides of tech issues: either the website has been compromised or I get a sneaky virus that I need to delete.

        The pages load much faster, so thanks for “cleaning house!” and the head’s up as to where those comments went. 😀

        • rachel
          February 8, 2015, 7:15 pm

          Note on the virus/window that pops up, i saw it also. A computer guy who works for my computers help line told me NEVER push delete on those windows that come up. The people WANT you to do that, THEN they are able to get into your computer. Leave them alone and they will disappear in maybe a minute. He also told me to press control and several other buttons at the same time and THAT method was safe to have it disappear (i will have to find the information i wrote about which keys
          to press. namaste’, rachel

        • Cahow
          February 8, 2015, 7:38 pm

          Incredible information, rachel. I really appreciate what you found out and thank you for sharing! 😀

      • Patricia Schneider
        October 15, 2015, 2:33 am

        Alex, do you have any pictures of dinosaurs made out of play dough you can post? See comments by David Butler on the site for the apartment that sleeps 8 at a ski resort. 🙂 It’s cute!

  • alice h
    February 8, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I love this concept but I would change the huge space eating double bed into a daybed first thing. I’d also add a tiny fridge and tea and toast capability in my private area for those mornings when you really don’t feel like seeing anybody else. I know several people I could share this apartment with but many more I wouldn’t.

    • Varenikje
      May 5, 2015, 12:35 pm

      Why would you rather have a twin bed rather than a double? I am just thinking of switching to a double, so I wonder.

      • alice h
        May 5, 2015, 1:47 pm

        I don’t need a double bed so it wastes open floor space. My current bed is just under 28″ wide and it’s perfectly comfortable. It can be opened up into a small double bed but I haven’t done that in the last 12 years. I don’t share with any pets or humans and have never fallen out of bed or felt crowded. It’s also a lot easier to sit on during the day with some cushions across the back.

  • gale
    February 8, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Weird layout. Maybe ok for people who know each other well but otherwise not for me. Interesting though.

  • CathyAnn
    February 8, 2015, 4:47 pm

    Very interesting spaces – very livable. However, sharing the space with strangers is not something I’d want to do, even if I knew them. To share the kitchen, so much depends on the character of who’s living on the other side, a slob who always leaves a horrible mess in the kitchen, and/or someone who is out of some kind of food and “borrows” yours with the intent to replace it, but never does.

    What about this – you come home in a hurry because you need to eat dinner right away in order to arrive at an appointment on time. You find the other tenant cooking and you just can’t get in there for awhile, so you have to go out to eat.

    This concept is not a good idea in my opinion. Even if the other tenants are relatives, it could be an unhappy situation, depending on the relatives.

    • Rich
      February 8, 2015, 10:40 pm

      Maybe if more people lived in this sort of arrangement we would have more community spirit and fewer narcissists than we have now in the US. I think this is superior arrangement and certainly higher quality to many I have known in NYC who share smaller quarters often without a private bathroom.

      • Andrea Hardy
        February 9, 2015, 12:44 am

        intelligent and strong argument, Rich. I liked what you said in your comment. It would be nice to live this way with relatives or close friends.

  • Comet
    February 8, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Wow–talk about a bunch ‘o Debbie Downers!!!!

    I would LOVE to have something like this to share with the OTHER 6 people I NOW share with—All related—and who I sometimes feel I need a vacation from. Not because I don’t LIKE them–but be cause we have too much closeness in too little space.

    And the paranoia exhibited in several of the comments—wow. Just–wow. NO one is being FORCED into these pleasant quarters against their will. Even when I was in college–back in the late 70’s–we had a choice of room mates and dorm settings. And I would have LOVED this then! I COULD however see this as one form of affordable housing for different set-ups–say; the person who needs care but not some one in the room with them 24/7; in-law set ups; transitioning into the community; and YES–just plain old room mate set ups.

    I have had room mates at several times and never had a real issue except when I was in college in an extra large shared house where the owner–one of our Prof’s!–lived on premises. Now THAT place was a real hotbed of food theft (kept my stuff outside my window–only had to worry about the pigeons then!) and bathroom hogging. Oh and rowdy card games. And the occasional “Can I borrow your bike to go get —fill in the blank”.

    I was also 18 at the time and all of my friends were in the same boat. I have seen recent State school college dorms when my kids went off to school and altho one campus was the State’s “Show Place” the dorms were hugely crowded and not nearly as nice as these. Both of my kids moved OUT of dorm housing after the one required year. If they had access to housing like this they might have stayed on campus. If some one was SMART they would BUILD this sort of thing near major campus’.

    Just sayin’.

  • Sue
    February 8, 2015, 7:24 pm

    I have been looking for ideas like this. It is probable I will share house with my mother over the next decade. Having two studios connected by a common area is perfect.

  • Cahow
    February 8, 2015, 7:43 pm

    comet wrote: “Wow–talk about a bunch ‘o Debbie Downers!!!!”

    I know, right!?!? I had as many positive comments to share as you did, comet, but figured that they’d be lost on >this< crowd.

    Maybe I'll come back another day when the miasma lifts from this thread.

  • Sarah
    February 8, 2015, 10:11 pm

    I LOVED the space! Thumbs up……preservation of original flooring, creative and great use of light, use of steps up or down to “separate” space, exposure of support beams and other natural structures, super fun mezzanines…..awesome ability to close off for privacy or join others, versatility in ability to move tables around to accommodate dinner parties….. Some elements remind me of sections out of A Pattern Language. I simply loved this space and could see it shared with strangers or people I know. Way to go!

    • Paula
      May 5, 2015, 3:01 am

      SARAH, I just saw your comments mentioning A Pattern Language. I love the concepts in that book. The “light on two sides” was preserved in this apartment, making the small spaces more open and pleasant. They have really thought out this remodel. Bravo!

  • Glen
    February 9, 2015, 12:15 am

    Enough of the theory, put two couples in there and see if it works!

  • Josh
    February 9, 2015, 4:14 am

    I would love a space like this! My husband & I currently live with a roommate, and share the kitchen, office, & living rooms, and it’s pretty great. It helps to have a great roommate (who was once a total stranger), but learning how to compromise & manage schedules with a roommate is so much easier than doing it with a spouse, lol. Really though, it makes a lot of sense to share costs this way to me. One of the reasons we have a roommate now & why we’re looking into eventually moving into a tiny house is to cut costs & have more time/cash to put elsewhere. A roommate means someone can watch the pups while we run off to travel with all our saved money. 😀

    Besides, this space is just gorgeous, fun (I love the playful lofts & peeking into the shower), and very nicely thought out. How the light flows from the bedrooms, how ikea is mixed into the storage, choosing which elements of the original building to keep, the colors, the whole style, very well done.

    • josh
      February 9, 2015, 4:16 am

      & we’re all 27/28yo adults working careers and building lives.

  • cahow
    February 9, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Holy Cow, Batman!

    I can’t recall ANY blog posting that Alex had posted that required THIS MANY “Deleted Posts”! :O

    Thank Goodness for the notifications so I can laugh at all the silliness and mud-slinging that’s been posted and scrubbed out of this thread.

    Good call, Alex, for not only the House-Cleaning on this thread but also for NOT listing it in your Weekly Tiny House Newsletter. 😉

  • Zee
    March 10, 2015, 3:55 pm
  • jane
    March 16, 2015, 3:57 am

    I love the thought and quirkiness that has gone into the design-a clever space, elegant too. A lot of privacy for two parties.

  • Stine L. Larsen
    May 4, 2015, 3:12 pm

    Very nice!
    In my city, there is an area of student houses. They have a shared kitchen/shared room, two bathrooms and then 4 people each their own room. The houses are 84 sqm/900 sqf.
    I think this looks so much nicer than those and the space used much better.

  • Karen R
    May 4, 2015, 5:27 pm

    Great idea for the correct, compatible people. Very attractive.

  • Lisa F
    May 4, 2015, 8:14 pm

    I wish they would build a Tiny house neighborhood in St. Aug. Fl. I would buy one for sure. I love them

  • Varenikje
    May 5, 2015, 12:47 pm

    This looks like a lovely arrangement. I might have to experience it before I say for sure though. But that would be true of a small house in general (for me).

  • Peter Piper
    May 5, 2015, 1:05 pm

    This is very sad. I would not be happy in this situation. People need their OWN completeness in privacy. In order to find yourself, to commune with yourself, to be truly free… you need your OWN owned place that is completely yours.

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