The apartments are functional, well organised and have enough space to meet the needs of the intended number of occupants
The layout is flexible and adaptable and allows for a variety of household activities
Adequate space is the basis for good apartment design. Well-sized apartments will enable greater flexibility and adaptability for their occupiers throughout their lifetimes, and thus support the widest range of lifestyles and lifestages for those that own and live-in them.
Buildings and neighbourhoods that provide only small apartments limit their market to a very narrow range of potential buyers and investors. Smaller apartments tend to be attractive to younger residents, who move on with job commitments, or as they evolve into a family, which creates transient buildings and neighbourhoods.
Such 'mono-cultural' developments are less resilient to change, and do not grow their value as strongly as buildings and neighbourhoods that support a diversity of residents throughout their life stages. Click here for further guidance on how Universal Design can also enable these outcomes.