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December 17, 2013
Mezzanines are, by definition, in-between spaces—neither here, nor there; neither upstairs nor down. But mezzanines needn't be wasted space. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven examples of creative designs for the mezzanine—a lofty perch on which one can sleep, read, work, or merely observe.
A guesthouse conversion in San Francisco

A ship's ladder leads from the ground floor to a mezzanine-level bathroom and closet in a small brick boiler room that Christi Azevedo, an architect and metalworker, converted into a 93-square-foot guest house in San Francisco. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

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Originally appeared in A Compact Three-Story Brick Loft in San Francisco
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A renovated apartment in Habitat '67

Cubit shelving artfully displays books and objects, accessible by a glass-walled mezzanine that Designer Byron Peart and his partner, the German-born fashion executive Stefan Weisgerber, added as part of an extensive renovation of an apartment in Moshe Safdie's Habitat '67 in Montreal. The couple turned the two-level space into a polished home that brings Safdie’s creative modernism into the 21st century. Photo by Alexi Hobbs.

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mezzanine-level workspace in Venice, California

A mezzanine-level office in an industrial loft in Venice Beach, California—home to a co-working space called Number Five. Photo by Marc Alt.

Originally appeared in Number Five: A Co-Working Space in Venice Beach
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A mezzanine-level bedroom in Lithuania

In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, architect Rytis Mikulionis renovated a former Soviet army barrack into an apartment that includes a mezzanine-level bedroom. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.

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Mezzanine-level curtain wall in Harlem

Clear glass panes set strategically into an otherwise translucent curtain wall draw fresh air and rear views into the mezzanine in Yvette Leeper-Bueno and Adrian Bueno’s renovated 19th-century Harlem townhouse. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

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Clerestory window in a modern renovation near Sydney, Australia

Steps lead from the living room to a mezzanine in a house that Carterwilliamson Architects renovated in Glebe, Australia, a suburb of Sydney. Photo by Brett Boardman.

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Mezzanine balustrade in Annandale, Australia

Delicate wooden dowels—used both on the exterior facade and the mezzanine-level balustrade of John Wilkin and Susanne Pini's renovated cottage in Annandale, Australia—are nods to the bamboo fences traditionally found in tea gardens.

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A guesthouse conversion in San Francisco

A ship's ladder leads from the ground floor to a mezzanine-level bathroom and closet in a small brick boiler room that Christi Azevedo, an architect and metalworker, converted into a 93-square-foot guest house in San Francisco. Photo by Cesar Rubio.

Photo by Cesar Rubio.

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