If you’ve ever lived in a dormitory, I’m willing to bet the space was less than ideal. Erasmus University in Rotterdam, with the help of Standard Studio, has transformed 194 square feet into a super livable dorm room.
The now freshman housing is a converted space. In its former life, the residence was an office building. You can imagine the renovations required to transition it into habitable rooms for 218 students.
Each individual room needed to have the following: a toilet, shower, vanity, kitchen, dining table, desk, couch, queen-sized bed, and ample storage space.
Given the space constraints, flexibility and functionality were imperative. Fortunately, the super livable dorm room has high ceilings, so the design was able to take advantage of the available height.
Bamboo adds warmth and durability in the room’s wood components, contrasting nicely with the raw concrete. Sheets of bamboo even form the underside of the raised bed platform.
The only freestanding furniture in the rooms is a simple table and chairs. The table acts as an additional workspace. If extra seating is needed for dining, the table can be pulled up to the sofa.
Did your dorm room offer even a fraction of this space or its functionality?
All photos: Wouter van der Sar