Live Between Buildings by Mateusz
Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann

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Two Denmark architects have designed a concept for narrow apartments that fill tiny gaps between existing buildings.

Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann's project Live Between Buildings proposes a series of micro-home apartments for urban living. In the designs, the tiny living quarters are proposed in playful shapes including an X, an O, a tree, a cloud, a speech bubble and a space invader.

Live Between Buildings by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann
Diagram - Waska 4, Wroclaw, Poland

The designers have illustrated, in a series of diagrams, how their concept could work in highly dense cities such as New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Helsinki and London.

Live Between Buildings by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann
Diagram - 153 West 35th street, New York, USA

Mastalski and Storjohann's concept recently won the annual New Vision of the Loft 2 design award, organised by roof window manufacturer Fakro and A10 new European architecture magazine. The competition asked designers to develop concepts for urban loft spaces that would be functional, space-saving, energy-efficient and full of natural light. All entries had to include Fakro products, as well as others.

Live Between Buildings by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann
Diagram - Kanaalstraat 2, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fakro has said that the winning infill-loft dwellings could be realised entirely out of roof windows. "The possibility of shapes is endless," the firm added.

Live Between Buildings by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann
Diagram - Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi, Tokyo-to, Japan

In related news, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in the UK published a consultation this week, about minimum space standards for new build homes.

Other micro-homes we've previously featured include Renzo Piano's tiny wooden cabin at the Vitra Campus for one inhabitant and a mini prefabricated guest house that gets delivered by helicopter.

See more micro-homes »

Live Between Buildings by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann
Diagram - Chelsea Gardens, London

Images are by Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann.

  • Filipe Balestra

    Fabulous!

  • Pat
  • H-J

    How new is this vision really to justify this award? They are simple variations of Polish firm Centrala’s Keret House.

  • kemorrr

    Mateusz Mastalski is a Pole!

  • Kim

    The annual New Vision of the Loft 2 design award was organised by roof window manufacturer Fakro and A10 New European architecture magazine.

    This year’s competition entries were judged by an international jury led by A10 editor-in-chief Indira van ‘t Klooster.

    • http://www.dezeen.com Dezeen

      Dear Kim,

      Thank you for clarifying, we have added the missing detail to the feature.

      Kate/Dezeen

  • https://www.facebook.com/ferozkhanpatthan Feroz Khan Patthan

    If we do this it will hamper the ventilation of the two buildings. This is not practical.

  • James

    Fabulous idea, however I wouldn’t want to be sorting the party wall agreements.

  • Anna

    - How do you solve the thermal insulation problem where your own insulated round facade joins the existing brick facade? This project will be much less fashionable once you’ve added a wood or plaster wall + insulation against the existing brick wall.

    - How do you solve the legal question that needs to be solved before you’re allowed to anchor your round facade against the existing neighbours house?

    - What happens when one of the neighbours house is sold for demolition?

    I like fun ideas and this is one, but that’s not architecture, which has to take into account a bit more than just “coolness”.

  • thisbarsaveslives

    This is so cool! Love to see this in Los Angeles.

  • Mark Matson

    They seem to have forgotten that no-one will be able to see the shapes made by these homes.

  • H

    There’s a lot of wasted space in these designs. But
    pretty cool idea! Both of the gutters from the neighbouring roofs could feed into a water reservoir on top. Install one of those cool new no-flush toilet
    systems and you wouldn’t even need much plumbing.

  • kimberleylynn

    Isn’t the shape-design meant to utilise the window-space, as per the competition requirements? I assumed that was the reason for the different shapes, aside from it being “fun”. Now I want to know more about these in-between-homes. What a neat idea!

  • Margaret Robinson

    I’m not crazy about having to climb a ladder to get to the bathroom.

  • Victor

    How about the human race stop procreating at such an alarming rate as to need to stick houses to the sides of buildings…