The Need for Micro-Apartments in Pakistan

The Need for Micro-Apartments in Pakistan

The rising demand for housing units in urban areas has become a new challenge for many governments. According to the World Bank (WB) data, population growth in Pakistan was observed at 1.978%, which is evidence that the demand for housing units will grow annually.

Similarly, in 2011 Pakistan witnessed a housing shortfall of 10mn units in the country, and almost a decade later, the numbers would have increased. 

Amidst the growing population and to meet the rising demand for housing units, Graana.com, through this blog, makes micro-apartments a case of meeting the increasing housing demand and the increasing need for them in Pakistan.

 

Managing the Housing Supply and Demand

 

Imarat Residences - Smart Apartments in Islamabad | Graana.com

 

The foremost reason for putting up the case of micro-apartments is to bridge the existing gap between housing supply and demand. The data was driven keeping in view the population census of the years 1998 and 2017.

According to the Punjab Spatial Strategy 2047, the housing demand in the rural areas of Punjab alone stood at 10.7mn housing units, while the demand in urban areas was recorded at 6.4mn units.

Furthermore, by 2047, the housing demand in only Punjab province will reach 37mn, which indicates that the shortage has to be tackled in a unique and comprehensive manner. 

 

Increasing Population Density

The population density of a city or any area can be calculated by people living in an sq. km (people per sq. km of land area). Micro apartments can be a suitable tool for increasing the population density in a city.

According to the World Bank Data, the population density of Pakistan in 2020 was recorded at 286.5 per sq. km, whereas the population density of Islamabad city was recorded at 2,089 people per sq. km.

Furthermore, the total area of Islamabad is calculated at 906.5 sq. km, and considering the ratio of population density and Islamabad’s land, the population density is low in the city.

 

A Case for Vertical Buildings

 

Imarat Residences

 

Micro-Apartments can build a strong case for vertical buildings. Over time, town development in Pakistan has observed a horizontal phenomenon that has led to reduced population density in Pakistan.

According to the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform, only 6000 people reside in an sq. km in Pakistan, whereas Dubai accommodates 200,000 people in the same area.

As per the paper ‘Pakistan 2025’ published by the Planning Commission development of vertical housing societies is one of the primary objectives under the vision till 2025.

Therefore, it is a recognized fact that micro-apartments can become a tool of vertical development in cities that can cater to the needs of many.

 

A Substitute for Housing Societies

Micro-apartments can build a strong case as a substitution for housing societies in Pakistan. The provision of services in housing societies is easy compared to the people living in housing societies.

Research on commuting time between a workplace and a home found that providing security in vertical buildings is easy compared to the other housing schemes. Similarly, the residents of micro-apartments can get similar services without any biases.

 

Imarat Residences – defining micro apartments

 

Imarat Residences

 

Imarat Residences is the project of IMARAT Group which is a characteristic of micro-apartments in Islamabad. The project revolves around smart living, which aims to redefine the living standards of the residents of Islamabad while promoting the trend of vertical buildings in the city.

The project will be located on the Islamabad Expressway, one of the city’s prime locations. The micro-apartments are designed to suit the needs of individuals and small families who want to start a new life in the city.