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A Tiny Tel Aviv Apartment Packs a Punch with No Walls


The architects used custom cabinets and glass to act as room dividers.

“Every inch was critical,” Maayan Zusman says, explaining why she and collaborators Amir Navon of 6b Studio and Moran Ben Ami didn’t put up a single interior wall in the Tel Aviv flat they renovated last year. Within its paltry 592 square feet, they hoped to fit two bedrooms, one bathroom, a guest toilet and an open balcony—a seemingly impossible feat. They accomplished it by smartly partitioning space with custom cabinets and glass dividers that lend the apartment an airy, open feel.

In the living and dining area, what appear to be walls are actually specially designed cabinets and black glass.
The architect chose glass to segment space because it takes up fewer centimeters than constructed walls, thus helping...
In the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling cabinets with depressed handles serve as a de facto wall leading out to the main area.
The designers played with temperature in their selection of materials, contrasting glass with white-painted wood, and...
A black glass cube at the center of the flat adds a touch of drama.
In the bedroom, black blinds and a headboard together form a single rectangular block that anchors the space.
“Apartments in Tel Aviv are usually in old buildings with some history,” Zusman says.
In the kitchen, the custom cabinets contain special compartments that hide appliances from sight.
The flat’s quirky door handles were custom-made from recycled wood.