Millennials Have No Need for Living Rooms, According to a Leading Architect

Gen Z are apparently better suited to “hotel-room sized” flat
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Hard-working millennials have no use for a living room, according to one of London’s leading architects.

Patrik Schumacher, who worked on London’s £269 million Aquatics Center ahead of the Olympics, published a briefing paper arguing that smaller flats are ideal for younger people entering the housing market.

"For many young professionals who are out and about networking 24/7, a small, clean, private hotel room-sized central patch serves their needs perfectly well," he said.

Schumacher believes that restrictions in property sizes (the minimum size in the UK is 38 square meters) are creating barriers for younger people hoping to find a place to live in the city without having to sell a kidney.

In his paper, which was published by the Adam Smith Institute (ASI), he wrote: "Lifting this prohibition would allow a whole new (lower) income group, which is now excluded, to enter the market. This move would both boost overall unit numbers and affordability."


Sophie Jarvis, programmes director at the ASI Entrepreneur’s Network, said: “Millennials already know that they are at a massive disadvantage to their parents in terms of getting on the housing ladder.

"If developers were allowed to build smaller houses, millennials could live in a compact, ergonomic flat in Zone 1 or 2, instead of a run-down, cold flat in at the end of the Central line or half-way to Hull."

Well, when you put it that way.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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