Paris Getting Big on Micro-Apartments

Paris Micro-Apartment

Marc Baillargeon/Julie Nabucet

With incredibly high real estate costs, micro-apartments are growing in popularity among landlords in Paris. But is staying in a place like this even living or is it more akin to being caged up? Would you ever consider renting or buying a micro property, or is this something you would avoid at all costs?

Though compact apartments are now catching on in North America, they've been common in Europe for some time now. In Paris, France, architects Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet collaborated to convert a space that was formerly the master bathroom of a much larger living space into a standalone micro-apartment of only 130 square feet that's packed full of modern space-saving ideas. Read More

Compact micro-apartments may be the latest answer to housing shortages, but some Parisian landlords have been accused of taking the trend to the extreme.

One tenant, Dominique—who asked that his full name be withheld—has sued his landlady for renting him a 1.56-square-meter (16-square-foot) apartment for 17 years after she defied a court order to rehouse him. Read More

Bigger is not better in housing anymore. It just doesn't seem right to be living large in opulent, resource-hungry properties - and with more of us choosing to squeeze into cities, it's not an option anyway.

What is achievable, and ultimately far more liveable, is an efficient, well-designed, small apartment. Where else but New York, one of the most densely populated cities on earth, to show us how? Read More


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