A loft-style apartment in central London has gone up for rent. You'll pay a jaw-dropping £3,683 a week for a one-bedroom flat. But the price is just one of the remarkable things about the place, because the cosy flat is actually a striking triangular shape.
The flat is in highly desirable Fitzrovia - which helps explain the price. It's also very recently renovated and now features exposed brickwork and restored beams. It's also packed with high end fixtures and fittings from the underfloor heated solid wood flooring, to a Sonos Music system controlled via a wall mounted tablet, and an Italian kitchen with marble work surfaces and Miele appliances.
However, it's going to take a fairly quirky person to want to call it home. You enter the flat at the point of the triangle, up some narrow stairs. Your main reception room expands from this tiny point to something a little wider - at which point the kitchen is slotted in on one side. At the back of the property (the widest bit) the snug bedroom, small utility room, and bathroom are side-by-side. The entire flat is just 653 square feet.
Properties with a point
If the price of this property puts this particular triangular flat out of reach of your pocket, but you still like the idea of a quirky home like this, then you'll be delighted to hear that this property may well be the shape of things to come.
As we try to make the most of every available inch of space in city centres, triangular extensions will become more popular, taking a narrow property, and making it wider as it gets into the gardens. It's something that has already be tried with great success by a couple in Clapham in South West London.
From the front it seems like the ultimate in shoebox living, because it's just 7 feet and 7 inches wide. However, the owners got planning permission to extend backwards and outwards, creating a wedge-shaped property. Bizarrely, because it is in a conservation area, they were only given permission if the roof couldn't be seen from the street, so they created a ski-slope-style roof - so that every part of the building is triangular.
Meanwhile, difficult triangular plots that have been ignored before, will become home to new oddly-shaped developments. In 2013, a group of architects decided to tackle a building project in a triangular yard behind 23 houses in Tufnell Park. Without the intense shortage of homes in London, it might not have made any sense to bother building somewhere so difficult and overlooked. However, the architects managed to get two stunning triangular houses out of the plot, worth an estimated £1 million each.
Meanwhile in Perth, Australia, another architect saw a tiny wedge-shaped back garden between a road and a lane, and turned it into a two-bedroom house. She gained some extra space, by building the first floor overhanging the ground floor, and eventually gave up trying to do anything sensible with the point of the triangle - and turned it into a small courtyard with a tree at the apex of the point.
But what do you think? Does quirky triangular living appeal, or would it drive you mad trying to hoover into the corners? Let us know in the comments.
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