The city Board of Supervisors tentatively approved this week a tryout for 220-square-foot micro-apartments — that’s tinier than New York’s proposed 275-square-foot micro-units — pending approval from the mayor next month. The trial OKs a total of 375 units, each with a minimum of 150 square feet of “living space,” a bathroom and kitchen (the kitchen can be included in the living area). The current law mandates 220 square feet of pure living space for new developments.
To fill that gaping need for gap-sized spaces, developer Patrick Kennedy recently debuted his SmartSpace project, which has 23 units each measuring 285 to 310 square feet. Located on 38 Harriet St. in techie enclave SoMa, the narrow apartments have bay windows, sustainable hardwood floors, 9-foot ceilings and “300-plus cubic feet of storage.” The bathroom sits at the front, and a window seat includes a hydraulic pop-up table, called a SmartBench.
The “Duo” units in the complex have two twin beds, with the option of additional desk space wedged between the sleeping areas; the “Suite” layouts have a queen bed that converts into a dining table, giving new meaning to the term “eating in bed.”
Under San Francisco’s new plan, the next iteration of SmartSpace will be even more streamlined, with rooms one foot skinnier and three feet shorter. Check out the renderings below from SmartSpace’s official site — we feel more sleek and intelligent already.