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a fantastic, super livable dorm room

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.

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The bed is attached to the ceiling and hangs on a platform two meters above the floor. Elevating the bed allows the main living areas and storage to be tucked below.

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.

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The desk is an extension of the built-in sofa and helps to mask the radiator. Storage drawers are built into the sofa’s base.

Each individual room needed to have the following: a toilet, shower, vanity, kitchen, dining table, desk, couch, queen-sized bed, and ample storage space.

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The stairs leading to the bed have bamboo accents and double as a wardrobe. The stair railing is also a picture ledge.

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.

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The compact kitchen features a suspended chalkboard for notes and messages. There’s a tiny integrated cooktop and venting and a shared sink between the kitchen and bath.

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.

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The opposite side of the chalkboard–on the bathroom side–is a mirror.

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.

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Tucked inside the room’s entrance is a shallow coat closet with open shelving.

Did your dorm room offer even a fraction of this space or its functionality?

All photos: Wouter van der Sar

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