Looks like a few of the “studios” I lived in in Japan. I didn’t mind it. [/quote]
x2. I lived in Japanese places so small that you barely had room for both your nunchucks and Bo-staff.
I think our notions of minimally-acceptable space are partly cultural and can be altered by living in a foreign country. It was initially an adjustment in Japan, having my toilet literally three dick-lengths away from where I cooked my meals, and retreating to the comforts of a single, multipurpose room at the end of the day, but you get used to it, and once you start thinking in a space-optimizing kind of way, it’s really not that bad.
I have a Swedish cousin who does extremely well with a large telecommunications company over there. He and his wife came over to Canada for a visit, and he could not get over the fact that my two retired parents live in a 2000 square foot house all by themselves. He considered it a colossal waste of space. He pulled up some photos of his newly-built house on facebook, and although it had really high-end fixtures, it was mostly multipurpose rooms and couldn’t have been more than 1000 sq/ft. He said that’s the way many Scandanavian homes are. Strangely, a fairly substantial amount of space was allocated for a sauna - apparently, that’s a non-negotiable