Thanks to increasing urban densification, the rise in smaller, more agile businesses and the lack of suitable existing stock, the spaces in which we live and work are shrinking. Specifying architects and designers must now come to terms with the considerations and inherent challenges that come with designing for small spaces, as well as recognise the potential for these spaces to produce modes of living and working that are more resourceful than their counterparts.

Instant boiling and chilled water system experts Billi have recently released a whitepaper examining the rising demand for more compact spaces, and the best means of meeting the unique demands associated with these during the design and specification stages of a project. Titled 'A specifier’s guide to designing for small spaces,' the whitepaper looks at the trends across Australia’s urban centres and, focusing specifically on residential and commercial kitchens, provides further detail on best practice for designing in these areas without compromising on sustainability or aesthetics. With a long history of finding spatially efficient and ergonomic solutions, compact kitchens - along with contemporary breakout and collaborative spaces- should be an opportunity for designers and end-users alike – not a hindrance.

The whitepaper also explores how designers might make smarter specification choices, detailing the key characteristics to keep in mind when spatial constraints are at their peak.

A specifier’s guide to designing for small spaces,'  is free to download; click the link to find out more.