Floor plan for a one bedroom flat
Posted on 31 December 2008 4 comments
After trying my hand at designing the floor plan of a studio flat, I’ve had a go at creating a layout for a one bedroom flat. This flat is intended for a couple or a single person and would form part of a block of flats. Click the image below for a larger view.
Designing flats that are part of a block can be difficult because you may only have the option of placing windows along one side of the flat (the front) unless the flat spans a corner in the apartment block or the block itself is designed in such a way as to allow light to stream in from many different directions. (For an example of this, see the 1930s London tower block by Berthold Lubetkin in the post Contemporary Flat Design in the UK.)
Flats with windows on one side only are known as single aspect. More desirable (and preferable) are dual-aspect or double-aspect flats where the front and back of the flat have windows (just like a house). Dual aspect flats benefit from cross ventilation and no flat will have a purely northern-facing orientation – a problem that can arise with single aspect flats.
In the single aspect design above, it would have been all too easy to put the bathroom at the back of the flat (near the entrance) away from any windows, but as I’ve said in many previous posts, I dislike windowless bathrooms (or kitchens) and have tried to avoid that here.
I would have liked the entrance hall to have some natural light and this might be possible indirectly through clerestory-style windows above the doors in the hallway.
The entrance into the flat should not be parallel to any doorways inside the flat so as to maintain privacy.
An alternative approach might have been to make the flat span two floors, although I’m not sure if that would work so well for a one bedroom flat!
As always, thoughts on the layout are very welcome.