Archer Studios, San Jose, Calif.

Near San Jose Airport, Archer Studios fills an urgent: workforce housing in one of the country's most expensive real estate markets.

The units are 300 square feet and utilize every inch.

The project team was committed to making apartments that weren't just an inexpensive place to live, but a great place to be.

Developer Dan Wu of Charities Housing made a wise splurge: a fountain. The water feature has proved to be the centerpiece of the terrace.

The stacked flats are built at 63 units to the acre, yet a sense of dignity is evident throughout.

The income-restricted housing is near San Jose airport and a rail stop.

A typical microflat measures under 300 square feet

The site plan. There are 41 studios and one 2 bedroom apartment.

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