Micro-House Now In Downtown KL

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Pic: BernamaPic: BernamaKUALA LUMPUR: Have you been thinking about living in less than a 350 sq ft house or in other words, communal living? If yes, then you should visit Medan Pasar here to experience prototypes of the 21st-century housing.

Two micro-houses, typically similar to the size of two car parking spaces equipped with kitchen and bathroom have been developed and displayed for the public to experience the communal living concept.

It is Think City Sdn Bhd, together with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)’s social experiment in conjunction with the World Urban Forum (WUF9), to see if communal living can be developed and if Malaysians are open to the idea.

Its programme manager, Joanne Mun said the two micro-houses, measuring 264 sq ft and 320 sq ft each opened to the public on Wednesday and received more than 1,000 people so far.

"The concept of each unit was developed through a submission of design proposals. Nine local designers and architects were invited with portfolio of similar housing experience and six participated.

"Two preferred designs were selected by the Design Review Panel and three weeks were spent for this micro-housing installations," she told Bernama in Medan Pasar here.

Mun said as part of the challenge, the designers were required to live in their own unit for 24 hours to allow them to test their own design and further understand ways of improving the unit for future prototypes.

She explained that communal living, also known as shared living, involved individuals living together and choosing to share the living space, resources, interests, ideals, and property.

She noted that according to Think City baseline study, there were about 54,000 workers based in the downtown of Kuala Lumpur area (213ha) but only 4,800 were residents.

"There is a need for wider range of housing options to attract more citizens to live in the city. One possible avenue to address this is in the re-purposing of older commercial buildings for temporary (or permanent) residential use and the introduction of communal living," added Mun.

She said communal living offered a balance of private and common space designed specifically to encourage community interaction while homes could also be designed to be environmental-friendly.

The week-long WUF9, beginning Feb 7, is being held with over 500 events, including assemblies, high-level round-table talks, dialogues and special sessions.