The young and interdisciplinary architecture and design studio FEM has set up shop on the site of an old freight railway yard in Aarhus, Denmark. Here the not-for-profit organization “Institut for (X)” provides workspace for a range of disciplines and initiatives as a kind of laboratory for urban experiments.
With its “tiny house”-style office with a floor plan of just 226 sf, FEM is showcasing a future-proof, flexible concept: this stringent approach to the efficiency of space and the use of solid, durable materials reduce the ecological footprint to a minimum.
Working practices in such a small space are optimally organized and there is no sense at all of being overly cramped. Alongside the space for the four employees, the mini office houses a kitchen, a toilet, and a break area. The Scandinavian-influenced interior design with its light wood, clear forms, and friendly colors guarantees a relaxed working atmosphere.
In the bathroom – just 1.5 m² in size – the architects have pulled off a veritable miracle: it is light and airy with plenty of storage and a pleasant atmosphere. Space-saving products such as the Happy D.2 handrinse basin and the ME by Starck Compact wall-mounted toilet provide ample comfort even in the coziest of spaces. The built-in version of the L-Cube mirror cabinet, with mirrors on both sides, provides practical storage space and an interior power socket. The glare-free LED illumination on four sides guarantees optimum illumination up to 480 Lux at a pleasant 3,500 degrees Kelvin.