London-based Horden Cherry Lee Architects is currently building a trial village of the £35,000 'Micro-Compact Homes' (M-CH) in Munich and hopes the experiment could be repeated in this country.
According to the concept's creator, Richard Horden, the 2.m-high cubic apartments may well be recreated in London if the right site can be found.
The compact homes, which will be occupied in November, integrate a stowaway bed, desk, kitchen, WC and shower. Equipped with a flat-screen TV, internet access and air conditioning, the M-CH is easily transportable. Horden said: 'It's a new form of smart living - business class for students.'
The homes can be treated as a single unit - raised above the ground on an aluminium frame - and placed in a garden for private use.
Alternatively the student digs may be grouped in horizontal or vertical arrangements (pictured) or form even larger villages, for student accommodation or short-stay business use.