In many cases around the world, living spaces have continued to become smaller, requiring their inhabitants to seek out space-saving solutions. These innovative interiors demonstrate how a little creativity can go a long way when crafting a space that's flexible and takes advantage of every square foot.
In a small Budapest apartment, Position Collective renovated this tiny space by designing a furniture and a storage system for temporary occupants that book it via Airbnb. The minimal interior features a single room and bathroom that are a divided by a structural-storage wall that's created out of plywood. To make the most out of the existing space, detachable shelves and pegs can be reconfigured as needed.
CUT Architectures remodeled the interior of this second-floor apartment to create shelving, seating areas, a kitchen, and a climbing frame out of a steel-grid structure. The firm designed simple steel grids to integrate functional areas for storage, work, and entertainment in this apartment in Paris' sixth arrondissement.
Conceived by Italian designer Harry Thaler, this residence was designed for contemporary art museum Museion as a temporary home for visiting artists and curators. Named Atelierhouse, the space contains wooden boxes that separately house a double and single bed, which can be folded up against the wall to create more space.
Madrid-based PKMN Architectures designed sliding chipboard units to create multifunctional space in a single-story Madrid apartment. The interior renovation included the creation of modular living and work space in the kitchen, bedroom, and storage area—all housed within a series of moveable units.
A tiny room inside an artist's Tel Aviv apartment contains a studio with two desks, 36 drawers, storage compartments, pegboard display walls, and even a folding bed. Israeli architect Ranaan Stern of RUST designed the peculiar arrangement to accommodate living and working spaces, including display areas for a collection of archived objects.
Russian-based studio Ruetemple designed a plywood partition that separates working and relaxation areas inside this artist's studio in Moscow. Combing areas for storage, seating, and sleeping, the space integrates furniture and shelves for tidying away art supplies.
Apartment Renovation in Taiwan
Hao Design renovated a Taiwan apartment to include a new floor with a wooden bridge-like corridor that connects a master bedroom to a walk-in wardrobe on the mezzanine level. Creating an upper level to house a second bedroom and storage space, the family home also contains an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living room that's located on the lower floor, alongside another bedroom and the family bathroom.
Moving between living and working spaces, the ladders and stairs in this apartment vertically connect platforms inserted in a single tall, narrow space. A steel ladder on the side wall connects to a mezzanine study, where a sleeping area is tucked beneath. Steps from the entrance lobby lead to the kitchen, where more stairs lead down to the central living area on the opposite side.
Housing two tiny live/work spaces, this Barcelona apartment contains areas for sleep, work, relaxation, and hygiene with a shared central kitchen, dining, and living area. Created as "an experiment in shared micro living," Miel Arquitectos and Studio P10 positioned both units at either end of the narrow space, making ample use of the existing windows for natural light.
Architect Silvia Allori renovated a 1970s flat in Florence to build her own home and workspace featuring integrated furniture, storage walls, and platforms to maximize the space. In the central living area, a panel folds down from the wall to form a table and reveal a bookshelf, while built-in sofas can be converted into beds.