Revelations of housing minister's designer office

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22 April 2005, MADRID - Spain's housing minister who advocated a plan for 'mini-flats' measuring just 30sq/m, has commissioned a new, designer office measuring 77sq/m.

22 April 2005

MADRID - Spain's housing minister who advocated a plan for 'mini-flats' measuring just 30sq/m, has commissioned a new, designer office measuring 77sq/m.

The new office will cost EUR 37,000, according to the Spanish daily 'El Mundo'.

Maria Antonia Trujillo, housing minister, last week launched a controversial government plan to solve Spain's housing crisis by encouraging Spaniards to live in mini-flats measuring just 30sq/m.

Many Spaniards cannot afford to buy their own homes as prices went up 16.2 percent last year. The Socialist government promised to solve this by building 180,000 new homes each year – though it only achieved 85 percent of this target last year.

Critics claimed the 'mini-flats' were uninhabitable and a throwback to the Franco era.

The latest revelations that Trujillo wants to build the L-shaped office, with a meeting room, reception room and her personal office, will anger many Spaniards.

It is to have designer furniture, minimalist decoration and must have ample light.

The newspaper reports the inspiration for the refurbishment is the 'zen' school of architecture.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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