By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Old Mall Was Transformed Into Cheapo Apartments, And You’d Totally Live There!

As time passes, there are certain things that change about our culture more explicitly than others. For example, no one is surprised to recall that twenty years ago, none of us took videos with our phones and posted them on social media, because the technology we needed to do that basically did not exist.

However, some changes occur without us noticing, and when we do, it's kind of jarring. Take, for example, the shopping mall. Once a staple of the American lifestyle, many shopping malls have closed in the last decade, victims of economic downturn and the preference of shopping online. Once those malls close, the buildings they were in are often destroyed -- but in the case of this mall, that simply wasn't an option.

Below, read how one architecture firm took a national landmark (that also happened to be a mall) and turned it into something pretty amazing. It's not the mall we used to know, but it might be something even better.

Check out Arcade Providence, America's oldest shopping mall. Pretty beautiful, right? It's also a National Historic Landmark.

But it's also not in use anymore, as brick-and-mortar stores aren't as popular as they used to be. That's why Northeast Collaborative Architects wanted to do something with the space.

They spent $7 million on creating a space with 17 shops on the ground floor and low-cost micro-apartments on the top two levels.

The apartments are adorable, and they start at an insanely cheap $550 per month.

They're only 225-450 square feet inside, but they've got room for a bed, bathroom, refrigerator, sink, microwave, dishwasher, seating, and storage.

There are also plenty of amenities in the shared space, including a TV room, game room, on-site laundry, bike storage, and a parking garage.

But before you get too excited and start packing your bags, know this: There's a 4,000-person waiting list to get into one of these spots.

The amazing thing about this space is that it stays true to its original architectural style, and preserved it's amazing atrium.

It's something of an anomaly, but hopefully serves as inspiration to other architects and developers in other cities: It's possible to preserve the past, but also bring the past into the future.

Source: My Modern Met