In collaboration with a building group of fourteen households, Space&Matter is transforming a 4.200 sqm school building into twenty-five Smartloft apartments. Formerly a fashion school, the building contains two separate parts, dating from 1914 and 1969. Each will receive a complete sustainable make over: replacing all the windows, insulating all the walls and installing a solar powered heating and cooling system. The design also extends the 1914 part with a rooftop addition that will host two penthouses.
In total, the building contains 25 units with ceiling heights of 4,5 meters. This allows residents to build additional mezzanines and to be fully creative with their apartment layout. Apartment sizes start from 44 sqm and go up to 218 sqm for the largest penthouse. The variety of apartments ensures a mixed residential community.
A Smartlofts community building comes with additional shared features. Residents share a large collective lounge on the ground floor, a guest-room, a roof terrace and a large courtyard.
Future residents have been involved in the design from day one. Besides designing their own apartment layout with their own architect, they have also been in charge of designing the collective space.