Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

The Smartest Space in San Francisco

Some time ago we saw a video with Patrick Kennedy from the development company Panoramic Interests show us around their SmartSpace 166 sq ft prototype micro-apartment. We gave reports as their building at 38 Harriet St in San Francisco’s trendy SoMa district went up; it would feature 23-apartments, each measuring 295 sq ft. The building was going to be pretty exciting, incorporating many of the prototype’s interior features like transforming furniture and high quality finishes as well as an in-house car-share, solar-thermal hot water, rain water collection, LEED Platinum certification, common spaces and much more. These guys were doing it right.

Well, 38 Harriet is ready!

Unfortunately, we were unable to find any info about renting one yourself. Unfortunately, they’re all spoken for. All but one showroom apartment will be leased to The California College of the Arts and cost $1600/month, lower than the $2075 average for a San Francisco studio rental.

These pics show us the interior, which feature a murphy bed and a banquette with table that transforms into a window bench (a piece pulled straight from the prototype apartment).

We also came across the above video that shows some of 38 Harriet’s prefab construction process. By using offsite construction, they were able to turn an uncovered foundation into a four story building in a mere three days.

Our hats are off to Panoramic Interests for bringing one of the most innovative housing projects to life.

What do you think of 38 Harriet St? Would you live there? What do you like? What’s missing?

Photo Credit: Jan Sturmann for Boston Globe

  • Dave

    “The Boston Globe reported that rents are $1600, lower than the $2075 average for a San Francisco studio rental.”

    But still way too much.

    • lifeedited

      location, location, location. as a new yorker, i understand, but if i were from anyplace else it would strike me as an absurd amount for such a small space.

  • Ivana_Puke

    Micro apartments always try to shoehorn a conventional kitchen into a space filled with unconventional double duty furniture. Seems like it’s time to reinvent the kitchen. Maybe a delfield refrigerator could be used as seating or something. Murphy kitchens?

    • lifeedited

      hi “ivana”. while i typically agree with you and the dishwasher is on the large size, that is a mini fridge and the two burner induction cooktop is pretty unobtrusive. a small, more discreet sink would probably make it seem more compact. check out kitchoo–pretty much a murphy kitchen. http://www.lifeedited.com/a-small-space-kitchen-that-is-not-an-eyesore/

      • Ivana_Puke

        Yes I am a fan of Kitchoo as well. What a K1 could do for an apt. of this size is allow for cooking in the living room rather than having to live in the kitchen.

      • Ivana_Puke

        Just came across this on KB Culture. It did exist! http://www.kbculture.com/2013/03/urban-affairs.html

  • Guest

    Sadly it’s not possible to rent one of the units yourself. According to the Boston Globe article “The California College of the Arts has agreed to lease all the units for its students…”

  • Erik J

    Sadly it’s not possible to rent one of the units yourself. According to the Boston Globe article “The California College of the Arts has agreed to lease all the units for its students…”

    • lifeedited

      thanks! you and patrick kennedy of panoramic interests corrected my flub.

  • Chris

    “Prefab construction process” — I don’t understand why more buildings and homes aren’t constructed this way. Less waste, better quality control, quicker completion over the traditional on-site stick built (for homes, anyway) construction that persists in most parts of this country.

  • ROBERT ANNE / THE HYPER HOME C

    Dear Life Edited. I have included your project in a book due to be published in 4 weeks. I would like you to authorise use of images. We would like to add a Q&A with your founder too.

    Please contact me via contact@theoutdoorstylist.com

    ü Author of ‘Should your home do less than your
    smartphone’ A manifesto to encourage designers, brands and policy makers to
    consider home design as a key contributor to help solve issues affecting people
    – and the economy as a result

  • http://www.facebook.com/vintagekaren Karen Bil Ratzlaff

    Love all the dual functionality in this apt. Seems very livable. I lived in a studio apt. in San Francisco in the ’80s and paid $450/month and I remember thinking that was an absurd amount!

  • jacke

    i would want something to slide across the kitchen area at night, at least a curtain, what a horrible sleeping arrangement in the middle of daily clutter and i’d want my bed closer to the window, this seems very claustrophobic to me, it needs more windows. angle the apartments to catch the courtyard which needs ALOT more plants. so far, very sterile.

  • Dylan Mills

    how do these thing fair in earthquakes?

  • Kat

    I love your magazine/website, and I love living small. I get as excited about it as you do! But for me, a big part of living small is saving money – lowering overhead so you can work less. This is WAAAAAY too expensive for what it is. If I’m going to make a sacrifice and live tiny, there needs to be more of a benefit to me.

  • CCA-ID girl

    As great as you may think 1600 is, it’s not, I live two buildings away, and our unit with four bedrooms and a kitchen runs at 2500.

    • LM

      Is it rent controlled? New?

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  • Peabody McKurk

    “all spoken for. All but one showroom apartment will be leased to The California College of the Arts”, so… they’re dorms.

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