What does compact family living look like?
Pocket Living challenged entrants to build on their established concept of compact and affordable one bedroom spaces to deliver a two bedroom design for young families or sharers.
In many respects the Weston Williamson submission epitomises the ‘Compact not Micro’ mantra. At 52 sqm the layout is one of the most compact footprints proposed, however the plan is also one of the most functional and practical. The panel thought that Weston Williamson’s submission offered an optimum balance of flexibility and practicality, with a generous storage allocation.
High quality living and no wasted space
Our concept is simple, desirable and delightful. It removes all the wasted space found in many modern homes and shows that you can have a high quality, living space of just 52sqm.
The principle activity spaces are at the centre, supported by sleeping and washing annexes to either side. The ‘engine’ spaces for cooking and washing are located against the entrance wall. This simple arrangement offers substantial flexibility, and critically, keeps isolated circulation space to a bare minimum. The design is robust and repetitive allowing it to be used in multiple configurations for different living requirements.
By using prototype models we demonstrated how the space can be configured for couples, single parent households, young families and shared purchasers. The two bedroom space can be easily combined with the one bedroom layout to create floor plates for future mixed tenure residential buildings.
Pocket 2 bedroom ideas competition, commended