The tiny DIY Seattle home occupies a storage unit in the basement of a pre-war coop building. Steve Sauer, the owner and creator of this incredible dwelling, used his expertise as a designer of airplane interiors (at Boeing) to transform the 182 square foot unit into a cool living quarters. He’s managed to fit about 8 different useful spaces into the micro apartment by stacking functions. A cafe area is stacked on top of a video lounge . One floor up on the adjacent wall, a bed is built above a walk-in closet/ office. The main floor space fits a transforming table and a 3-foot-deep Japanese-style soaking tub hidden below the entryway. There is even space for a guest bed and bike storage! Watch the video by Fair Companies to see the tour of this amazing space.
This cool minimalist pad has been designed by Madrid based studio MYCC. The challenge was to create a livable home within the strict limitations of a tiny footprint. Without the room to expand horizontally, designers made the most of the vertical space by building several levels and creating a non-linear path. All functional zones are connected and open to view, even the bathroom is within sight. This openness contributes to the illusion of a much more generous size. Each zone serves multiple functions, for example – the bed slides beneath the living room platform, transforming the bedroom into a open space. The office above turns into a lounge, thanks to added seating. In spite of its smallness, the apartment looks quite luxurious, it even has such rare features as hamman bath. Watch the animation to see how the place functions in different social situations.
Square footage is often a problem in urban areas, but if you are blessed with good ceiling height and ingenuity – there is always a solution. This unusual London loft comfortably houses full-size living, dining, and sleeping areas in a small space. This is achieved by putting the bedroom on a platform, suspended from the ceiling. It’s high enough to have some level of privacy, and the skylight right above the bed prevents any claustrophobic feelings. The staircase, leading to the bedroom, extends all the way to the roof garden – another beautiful detail. I also quite like the open vintage bathtub (with the shower curtain serving as a window curtain). An uninhibited and smart use of space.
Genova based studio Gosplan is the author of this inspiring project. The small apartment (only 35 m²) is located on the top floor of the fisherman’s house in Camogli. And in spite of its modest size, it includes all that is necessary for a comfortable living. Architects explain: “The project aim was to build two bedrooms, a studio, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom, despite the gambrel roof and the very small floor surface. That led to a tailored apartment, where each room is a piece of furniture: after you have used it, you can close it.” This must be the smallest two-bedroom flat I’ve ever seen! I love the way the second bedroom is disguised as a small den. The plentitude of built-ins allows the place to look neat and unifies the surfaces.
This beautiful tiny loft was designed by Taipei based studio Folk Design. In spite of its modest square footage, the apartment includes every essential and some extras, even a piano. I love how the unified ash veneer surfaces tie the room together and create an illusion of a much larger space. The plenitude of built-ins make the place tidy and streamlined. The desk, featuring various modular components, is an amazing fit of ingenuity in itself.
Architect Alan Chu created this fun micro bachelor pad for a recently divorced client in São Paulo, Brazil. The space is quite small, only 36 sqm, distributed in two floors. In order to keep the clutter from spilling out, the massive storage unit was built against one of the walls of the apartment. It included dresser, pantry, media storage, kitchen cabinets, collectibles, – all in one piece. I love the crate-like boxes the unit is comprised of, they look very low key and unpretentious. Red accents play beautifully against the white walls and pinewood cabinetry. The spiral staircase leads to the second floor, where the bedroom suite is located. The color scheme there is dark and subdued, giving a more private feel to the room.
Photography by Djan Chu
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This beautiful loft, located in Wroclaw, Poland, has been created by Ewa Czerny of 3XA studio. The 29 sqm space has been transformed to accommodate sleeping, cooking, bathing and entertaining areas. By combining kitchen and living room designers improved the flow and created a rather spacious layout. Another space-saving decision was to elevate the bed above the bathroom and the hallway. The steps to this loft area double as bookshelves. Additionally, to deceive senses, a blind door has been added to one of the walls.
Intentionally small living is a concept I admire. My own small living is unintentional, I occupy the space I can afford in turbulent and pricey Manhattan; but if I did have a choice – I would stay within the confines of pragmatic square footage. Nicole Alvarez had similar thinking. North Carolina based young designer and aspiring architect created a beautiful website, where she photographs and discusses her life in a small and very well thought out studio apartment. Nicole grew up in a typical American suburbia with big houses, spacious yards and non-walkable distances to the nearest town. When her studies brought her to Europe, she fell in love with the pleasures of urban existence – walking commutes, closeness to all city attractions, small and cleverly organized dwellings… Back in Raleigh, North Carolina, Nicole decided to continue living small and rented a 300 sq. ft. studio above a dentist’s office. Watch the beautiful film shot by Fair Companies, showing the tour of the apartment and discussing fascinating housing projects Nicole is working on in her home town.
This beautiful pad belongs to Stockholm based stylist Johanna Laskey. And in spite of its modest size (only 550 sq. ft.), it looks rather spacious. The effect is achieved by clever decoration choices, such as unified color of the furniture, walls and floor (except for the kitchen, where floor becomes a contrasting accent). Even the artwork corresponds to the overall light color scheme, creating an airy feeling. An awkward transitional space between the living room and the kitchen became a home office, accommodating a small desk and a storage cabinet. I love the skillful use of the vintage details across the apartment, which add character but not clutter.
This beautiful loft is located right in my neighborhood, Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The initial layout was challenging, as many New York apartments are (see the dramatic before photos after the break). The footprint of the place is only 425 square feet, but luckily the height of the unit is ample and generously crowned with access to a roof terrace (a big luxury in our steel jungle).
Here is how the architect, Specht Harpman, describes this project: “Our solution created four separate “living platforms” inserted within the space that provide room for all the essentials and still allow the apartment to feel open and light-filled. Given the minuscule size of the apartment, every inch of space is put to use. Stairs are not merely for circulation through the apartment, but feature built-in storage cabinetry and drawers below. The main bath and shower, in fact, are also built below the primary staircase. The kitchen featured fully concealed appliances, flip up high storage units for easy access, and a countertop that wraps into the main living space, becoming a virtual “hearth” with built-in entertainment system.”
Thanks to all these built-ins, there isn’t much need for the traditional furniture. Only three pieces remain – a couch, a bed and a chair. This ascetic approach creates some open space and contributes to the minimalist style of the interior.
Photography by Taggart Sorensen