Living in a small space is not for everyone, especially when it comes to living in densely populated urban areas. With a towable tiny house, you can park it anywhere and have as much nature and space around it as you wish, but in an apartment you’re pretty much stuck where you are.
But the current state of the market is such that city dwellings are very expensive, and more and more people who do not want to move to the country are opting to live in micro apartments. When designing such spaces, maximizing the available space is of the utmost importance, and the Danish firm Studiomama did an awesome job in that regard with this former mini-cab office, which they turned into a cozy home.
The space was bought at an auction and measures 139 sq ft (13 sq m). The designers then set out to turn it into an apartment with the aim of proving that with clever solutions even such a small space can become a comfortable home. The achieved this by installing seamless walls which hide the storage areas, and give the sense of spaciousness. They were inspired by boat design in coming up with this solution. They also placed mirrors along one of the walls, as well as in the kitchen, which further adds to the illusion of this being a larger space than it actually is. Since this apartment has so little floorspace they integrated all that was needed into the built-in furniture.
The home features a dining nook with a built-in bench to sit on, while this bench can also be extended to increase the sitting space. The bench also has a footrest built into it, which can be stored away when not in use. The bed can also be folded away when not in use. The home also features a work area in the form of a standing desk, which has it’s own storage area. I suppose the dining table can be used if you wish to sit while working. The home also features a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom, which is the only part of this home that is separated off from the rest of the apartment for privacy.
Small apartments can quickly feel very cramped, but good design and some out of the box thinking can go a long way to fixing that. A great example of just how well is this Taipei, Taiwan apartment. Originally little more than a room, it was transformed into an open, cozy home for two by the firm A Lentil Design.
The apartment measures just 355 sq ft (33 sq m) and the first thing they took care of was knocking down some walls, to make it as open as possible. The next step was adding a loft, which houses the bedroom and really frees up the lower level space, while offering some privacy. The small apartment had two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen. They redesigned this by knocking down one of the bedroom’s walls to make a larger living room. The kitchen is located on one side of the living room, and is also an open space with an island that can be used as a dining space or a working area.
In the loft, the bed is placed atop a raised platform, which has drawers hidden underneath it for some extra storage. There is also enough room in the loft for a small sitting area, while the view of the surrounding cityscape is stunning. The loft is accessible via a staircase that serves a number of other functions as well. Apart from the usual storage space built into it, the staircase also serves as a separation between the entryway and the rest of the apartment. It also leads to a second loft which could be converted into a child’s bedroom if needed. For now, the occupants use it as a storage space. The bed itself rests atop an elevated platform and has drawers hidden underneath it for some extra storage. The apartment also features large windows, which let in plenty of natural light and make it appear much more spacious, while also aiding ventilation.
This is another great example of just how little is required to turn a tiny, cramped, old-style apartment into a cozy, modern home.
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.