News: DBKL Wants Malaysians to Try Living in Tiny Flats

Feb 13, 2018

To determine if Malaysians are open to the idea of living in homes as small as two parking spaces, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is showcasing micro flats at the ninth World Urban Forum (WUF 9) being held in the capital.

Developed in cooperation with community-based urban regeneration group Think City Sdn Bhd, the two prototype houses being shown at the event only measure 264 sq ft and 320 sq ft each. But they come with their own kitchen and bathroom.

According to the Think City’s Programme Manager, Joanne Mun, the two micro houses are being displayed to the public since last Wednesday (7 February), with over 1,000 people visiting so far.

“The concept of each unit was developed through a submission of design proposals. Nine local designers and architects were invited with portfolio of similar housing experience and six participated.”

All designers were also asked to live in their unit for one day to test their own designs and to think of further ways to enhance it, she said.

“Two preferred designs were selected by the Design Review Panel and three weeks were spent for these micro-housing installations.”

Mun added that micro homes could help solve Malaysia’s housing woes, especially in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Based on the group’s study, this 213ha area only has 4,800 residents, but 54,000 people go to work there.

“There is a need for wider range of housing options to attract more citizens to live in the city. One possible avenue to address this is in the re-purposing of older commercial buildings for temporary (or permanent) residential use and the introduction of communal living.”

The micro houses are being showcased at Medan Pasar in WUF9, which runs until 13 February.

Image sourced from Malay Mail

This article was edited by the editorial team of PropertyGuru. To contact them about this or other stories email

For the latest property news, trends, resources and expert opinions, visit our Property News section. Home buyers, sellers or property renters looking for Malaysian Properties, may like to visit the New Launches or Project Reviews page.

agent image
agency logo
Shaiful Safar
Real Estate Negotiator
REN: 17520
True Vest Property Consultants Sdn. Bhd.
(+60) 11-32302211