Attics are often converted into small apartments, and this one, located in Moscow, Russia, is a great example of such renovation projects done right. It was designed and built by the firm Ruetemple, and they created a light-filled home that even has a small indoor garden of sorts, to make up for the lack of a balcony.
The attic apartment measures 516 sq ft (48 sq m) and is cleverly partitioned so that all available space is utilized, while also offering privacy should the inhabitants desire it. As is the case in many spall space renovations, they installed a central, multi-purpose spatial element. In this case it is in the form of a white core, and it’s primarily used to separate the space into five distinct zones. These zones can be used for watching TV, enjoy an active pastime, dressing, sleeping and working. This core also features a floating meditation space, which is basically a glass walled cube complete with a living tree.
This relaxation space is elevated off the ground, providing an area for storing the movable modules underneath it. These modules can be moved around the space as needed, and locked together to create a sitting area or sleeping space. The dining table, which can also serve as the worktable runs the length of the apartment, which is a nice solution when working with such a small space. The apartment features many skylights and windows, so it is always flooded with natural daylight.
It appears that the small apartment does not have its own kitchen or bathroom, which are presumably located elsewhere in the house that this attic is attached to. Despite the lack, this is still a very aesthetic, comfortable and modern attic-into-home conversion that can serve as inspiration to designers everywhere.
When it comes to making tiny spaces more livable and comfortable, there have already been many clever solutions developed. But this apartment has some surprises in store. It was designed for photographer Brendan McInerney by Joseph Chiarucci of Fort Design Build, and it features an actual catwalk as a space saving feature. Dangerous? Maybe. But it’s also quite clever.
The apartment measures just 400 sq ft (37 sq m), so a lot had to be done with little. The apartment does have a very high ceiling, which made it easier. The designer placed the kitchen and living area on the “ground level” while the bedroom, bathroom and storage loft were placed over it. They also partitioned off the space, which yielded enough room for a large corner working desk for Brendan.
The loft that is used for storage can either be reached via a staircase or a catwalk. Personally I would like to see a sturdy handrail along that thing, though Brendan doesn’t seem to have much trouble traversing it.
The bedroom is located in a second loft, and is quite spacious. There is enough room for a large bed, as well as a second seating area. Storage drawers were placed under the bed to keep the place tidy. The bathroom is very small, yet still functional. It also features a window, which makes it appear a little larger.
Another clever surprise is the hole in the wall where a vacuum hose is located. It’s a unique sort of central vacuum system, and Brendan just has to flick on a switch to clean up the entire apartment. Plus, the vacuum is hidden away out of sight behind the wall.
This apartment is a great example of how thinking outside the box can yield some interesting and functional designs, especially when it comes to tiny homes where every square foot of space matters.
Turning micro spaces into cozy apartments seems to be the answer to the housing crisis in many cities across the world. With the help of transformer furniture and multipurpose units that’s not very hard to do. The latest such successful transformation was recently completed in Milan, Italy. The apartment in question is located in the city’s historical district Brera, and the architects have successfully turned it into a small, but cozy living space.
The apartment was designed by the local firm PLANAIR, and measures just 322 sq ft (30 sq m). It started out as a single space apartment, but they successfully separated it off into several areas by installing several accordion-like partitions, which are made of ash wood. The kitchen and lounge are on one side of the partition, while the sleeping area and dining/work table are on the other. The partitions also open up to reveal plenty of storage space, which helps reduce clutter. The dividing walls can also be moved to open the space up again.
They bed is actually on a raised platform, which could almost be considered a loft. It is accessible via a set of roll out stairs stored underneath it when not in use. They placed the closet under the platform, so everything is within easy reach. The sleeping area can be closed off from the rest of the space by wooden walls, which have holes cut into them to let in some light. It’s an interesting design element, which is reminiscent of the starry night sky. The bathroom is located behind the sleeping platform, but there are no pictures of it.
All in all, this is a very clever renovation, which really makes the most of the available and limited space. This tiny apartment certainly appears much larger than it actually is thanks to the transformer unit they installed.
It’s been awhile since we covered small apartment living, but this one deserves a mention. The apartment is located in Bordeaux, France and the renovation was carried out by architect Elodie Gaschard of Atelier Miel and Michaël Martins Alfonso.
The apartment measures only 484 square feet (45 sq m), and the architects first created a series of storage solutions, and built-in furniture pieces, with the aim of getting rid of the clutter, which so often plagues small spaces. They also designed a clever transformer piece of furniture, which allows for the space to be sub-divided in a meaningful way, while still connecting the separate areas of the apartment.
Despite the small size, the apartment has two stories. The living room and kitchen are located on the first floor, while the bedroom and bathroom are on the second. On the first floor they installed shelving along one wall, which features storage drawers, as well as hides the dining table that can be pulled out at need. This unit connects to a reading nook, which can also be used as a workspace. The kitchen features ample counter space, and is designed in a way that makes it appear larger than it really is.
The bedroom and bathroom are accessible via a staircase, which also hides plenty of storage space. The bedroom features a well-sized bed and plenty of closet space, while the bathroom looks roomy and comfortable to use as well.
All in all, this renovation is a great example of just how much can be done with a small space, provided that a good amount of planning and forethought go into the design. With so many cities across the globe becoming over-crowded and super expensive, clever solutions like this one are much needed.
There is a housing shortage in many cities worldwide, which has in recent years led to the emergence of “micro apartment” complexes. These offer small homes, which are just as functional as larger ones, but cost much less. Ivy Lofts is one such “micro apartment” complex. It was developed by Novel Creative Development and it will be located in the East Downtown, or EaDo, neighborhood of Houston, which is very close to the cultural and business center of the city.
Ivy Lofts will feature a number of space-saving features that will allow the units to be small yet still comfortable to live in. the main aim is keeping prices low while offering living space in one of the most popular areas of the city. Prices start at $139,900, which might not sound cheap, but is still well below the average apartment price in the area.
The complex will be made up of 500 apartments spaced over 24 floors. The floorspace of the units will range from 350 sq ft (33 sq m) to more than 1,000 sq ft (93 sq m). All the apartments were designed to be modern and simple, and will feature hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. To let in as much daylight as possible, the units will be fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, while LED lighting will be installed throughout.
The interiors of the units will also be highly adaptable. They will feature transformer furniture and sliding doors, which will save space, as well as allow occupants to open up or close off spaces according to their needs. The units will also feature all-in-one washer-dryers, cleverly located storage space (for example above the bathrooms), while in some of the units there will also be kitchen islands with pull-out tables.
Each apartment will feature a ductless air system that can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet. The units will also feature electric solar shades and curtains, and various other home automation features. The developers have also partnered with Zipcar and Houston B-Cycle, to offer residents access to drive-as-you-need vehicles and subscription bike rental. The complex will also feature communal green spaces, a sky lounge, an outdoor courtyard with cooking spaces, a pool and a fitness center.
Construction will begin this June and they expect Ivy Lofts to be completed by 2018.