Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

Micro Dwellings in Phoenix Get Creative With Under 500 Square Feet


These apartments emphasize quality above quantity.

A few years ago, Benjamin Hall found himself living in a 250-square-foot studio in Copenhagen—an experience that revolutionized the way he thought about space. “It taught me how to live cleaner, more organized, and to depend on a community,” he says. He drew on those lessons last year when he designed White Stone Studios, an experimental luxury complex with six units that each measure just 468 square feet.

The apartments are located in an up-and-coming stretch of downtown Phoenix, where many young professionals have...
Concrete blocks form an all-in-one exterior and interior wall that eliminates the cost of paint and drywall.
Hall left the concrete foundation bare—a cost-effective and durable choice for flooring.
“The biggest thing when you’re designing a small space is to constantly ask yourself, ‘How would I live here?’” Hall...
An open plan helps the apartment feel larger.
Hall paid special attention to details like custom light switches and door latches, since they tend to stand out more...
In the bathroom, glazing around the American Standard tub lets in light, though outer walls are positioned safely...
Sheltered from the harsh Arizona sun, a north patio serves several important functions.