In order to transform a 93-square-foot brick boiler room in San Francisco into a guesthouse, architect and metalworker Christi Azevedo capitalized on the site’s vertical space by installing an elevated sleeping loft. Photo by Cesar Rubio.
In San Diego, a one-room, 426-square-foot downtown loft is an experiment in extreme design and smart storage solutions, like a 20-foot-high, five-columned steel shelving unit. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
When renovating his son’s 700-square-foot Union Square apartment, architect Kyu Sung Woo aimed for an open plan with full functionality: “We set out to maximize the space—to make full use of every cubic inch of this volume—without blocking anything out.” Photo by Adam Friedberg.
Architect and interior designer Page Goolrick drew upon her time spent on boats when designing her high performance, 560-square-foot pied-à-terre in New York City. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
A custom-made Murphy bed, foldaway Formica tabletop, and storage-concealing curtain wall transform a 400-square-foot Manhattan apartment into a fully functional home. Photo by Grant Delin.
Clever storage solutions and an economical use of space allow a not-quite-500-square-foot apartment in Greenwich Village to play double duty as a home office. Photo by Raimund Koch.
A bed that descends from the ceiling is the masterstroke of this compact, 580-square-foot Hollywood abode occupied by Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser. Photo by Joe Pugliese.
A 495-square-foot attic in Stockholm, full of creative built-ins and loads of personality, serves as a comfortable home and entertaining space. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.