For years, it has been reported that standard homesizes (with the US being the glaring exception) are shrinking. How small is too small? And what is the relationship between liveable space, architecture, community, and sustainability? In this article from the Independent, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) “slams” the (non) architectural standards of suburban house building.
Architects have criticised the “shameful shoe-box homes” being built in Britain today, saying many are too small for family life. Research by the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) found the floor area of the average new three-bedroom home in the UK is 88 sq m, some 8 sq m short of the recommended space.
One-bedroom properties, at an average of 46 sq m, are 4 sq m smaller than the recommended size, the Case For Space study found. This is the equivalent of a single bed, a bedside table and a dressing table with a stool, the report said.
In reports published today, Riba chief executive Harry Rich said: “Our homes should be places that enhance our lives and well-being.
“However, as our new research confirms, thousands of cramped houses — shameful shoe-box homes — are being churned out all over the country, depriving households of the space they need to live comfortably and cohesively.”
The institute’s study of three-bedroom houses was based on a sample of 3,418 homes across 71 sites in England. The research was based on the London Plan space standards which have recently been introduced into the capital.
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