Mr. Ali Emam Apartment – Nasr city
Client: Mr.Aly Emam
Date: 29 September 2017
The term ‘apartment’ refers to a self-contained housing unit that occupies only part of a building, typically, on a single level. It is generally associated with North American real estate, although apartments have been common as far back as the Roman times. The term itself is thought to have originated in the mid-17th century, from the French word ‘appartement’ derived from the Italian ‘appartamento’ in turn derived from ‘appartare’, meaning ‘to separate’.
The term ‘apartment’ is sometimes considered to be synonymous with the term ‘flat’ commonly used in the UK. However, Approved document B, Fire Safety, Volume 1 Dwelling houses, defines a flat specifically as; ‘a separate and self-contained premises constructed or adapted for use for residential purposes and forming part of a building from some other part of which it is divided horizontally.’ and suggests that this ‘…includes live/work units, i.e. a flat intended to serve as a workplace for its occupants and for persons who do not live on the premises.’