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Studio Development, Oxford Gardens, London W10

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With London living space at a premium, and a rising demand for single person accommodation, how can you transform a Victorian house into a cost-effective, high density cluster of bedsits? 

RDA devised a new urban prototype - a modern bedsit for young singles. After protracted negotiations with the planners, we won permission for 11 studio spaces and a two-bedroom flat. All living spaces are plugged into a service core running through the building. Some rooms had very high ceilings, and in these we designed bed-lofts over a kitchenette and shower room. The prototype had a £25,000 fit-out cost. 

The clean lines, wood floors, and vivid colours proved a successful formula for the client, who achieved £250+ per week rental levels.

Featured in:
Independent on Sunday, July 2000
Architect’s Journal, January 1999