Small Spaces

When you inhabit a small space, finding creative solutions are a must. Explore compact spaces, tiny houses, and studios that employ clever storage solutions. From multifunctional rooms, to space-saving hacks, to lofted living, these dwellings exhibit resourcefulness, flexibility, and style.

Cascading Levels Bring Light and Air Into a Narrow Home in Vietnam
Cascading Levels Bring Light and Air Into a Narrow Home in Vietnam
Double Roof House in Ho Chi Minh City opens onto a front courtyard that holds the family’s drink stall business.
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An Old Barn in Toronto Enters Its Heyday as a Highly Efficient Laneway Home
Design collective Creative Union recasts a decades-old agrarian structure as a minimalist pied-a-terre for a graphic designer.
A Streamlined ADU in Texas Pays Homage to Midcentury Architecture
M Gooden Design creates a striking guesthouse next to a historic 20th-century home in Denton.
An Architect’s Slim Home Squeezes Into a Tiny Lot in Seoul
An Architect’s Slim Home Squeezes Into a Tiny Lot in Seoul
Minwook Choi’s minimalist Seroro House makes clever use of a 355-square-foot site.
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This Slender Home in Seoul Has One Room on Each of Its Four Levels
Architect TaeByoung Yim designs a 570-square-foot home with private space for studying and room to entertain.
These 10 Tiny Homes Make a Huge Case for the Small Space
In her new book “Living Little,” writer and editor Hannah Jenkins counts the ways—and the reasons why—we’re drawn to small spaces.
This Breezy Floating Home Makes the Most of a Tranquil Setting Along Seattle’s Portage Bay
Studio DIAA debuts with an airy design that employs generous indoor/outdoor connections and playful materials to gather and reflect natural light.
This Off-Grid Cabin on Finland’s Archipelago Is an Irresistible Call to Low-Impact Living
With a leave-no-trace design, the prefabricated Majamaja Cabin by Littow Architectes draws visitors to a new eco-retreat at the water’s edge.
Top 9 Small Spaces of 2020
The nominees for this year’s Dwell Design Awards may be petite, but they pack a big punch.
Choose Your Own Adventure With a Finnish Prefab Pod That Can Pop Up Anywhere
Less than 100 square feet, Studio Puisto’s new modular cabin can be configured as a home office, gym, or forest retreat.
A New Complex of Micro Flats in Arizona Invites Nature Inside
A New Complex of Micro Flats in Arizona Invites Nature Inside
Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the blocky structure is perforated by succulent-filled atriums and skylights that look up to desert stars.
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A Pinwheel-Shaped Cottage in Upstate New York Packs a Lot of Living Space Into a Single Room
Architect Tal Schori of GRT Architects crafts a brick-clad retreat for his parents.
This 350-Square-Foot NYC Apartment Has Plenty of Room to Entertain
Space-saving design tricks turn a tiny Manhattan apartment into a place for a couple to host without holding back.
Rental Revamp: An Architect Couple Reimagine a Dated Queens Apartment for Just $5K
Using found materials and DIY know-how, Jordan Meerdink and Shalini Amin create a polished home that emphasizes their African roots.
Prefab Pods Create a Super-Efficient Floating Apartment That Shape-Shifts at Sea
Michael K. Chen Architecture channels Le Corbusier vibes into a modular and multifunctional holiday home aboard the world’s largest residential yacht.
A Century-Old Hilltop Bungalow in Los Angeles Seeks $800K After a Delightful Renovation
This one-bedroom home offers classic tongue-and-groove ceilings, beveled subway tile, and built-in cherry cabinetry.
This Backyard Granny Flat Is Filled With Clever Storage and Natural Light
Webster Wilson designs a cedar-wrapped ADU in Portland, Oregon, for a grandmother and her visiting grandchildren.
7 ADUs You Can Buy Right Now for Less Than $100,000
Whether you need a guesthouse for Grandma or additional rental income, these ADUs starting at $26,000 provide extra space and flexibility.
These Chic Apartments in Hong Kong Will Actually Make You Want to Live Where You Work
Setting a new precedent for live/work concepts, Bizhouse’s serviced apartments promote productivity and relaxation.
A Serene, Charred-Wood Library Punctuates a 17th-Century Home in England
Topped with a green roof, a minimalist library opens seamlessly to a garden oasis.
Budget Breakdown: A Neglected Garage Becomes a Library Loft for $69K
Storyn Studio converts a 400-square-foot garage in St. Petersburg, Florida, into a library and guest room.
Why Now, More Than Ever, the ADU Is the Future of Home
Whether it serves as an investment, backyard office, or intergenerational housing, the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) has never made more sense.
A $185K Prefab Guesthouse Pops Up on a Tricky Hollywood Hillside
L.A.-based prefab company Cover rises above steep terrain to deliver a custom office/guesthouse without breaking the bank.
This Curvaceous Timber and Earth Cabin Blends Into a Japanese Forest
Japanese architect Tono Mirai—a pioneer of “earth architecture”—works with master artisans to craft a holiday retreat for a family from Tokyo.
Budget Breakdown: An Art Studio Is Transformed Into a Lush Garden Home for $24K
A young couple looking for a small live/work space give Delavegacanolasso freedom to design their dream home.
Bookshelves Conceal Hidden Rooms in This Secret-Filled Backyard Studio
Harrison Design creates a dreamy work studio for screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan’s home in Arlington, Virginia.
A 1980s School Bus Becomes a Tiny Home With Scandinavian Vibes for a Family of Five
Graphic designer Matthew Welsh Weinberger took inspiration from Scandinavian design to craft an unconventional family home on wheels.
This Minimalist, Circular Prefab Takes Glamping to the Next Level
The LumiPod offers an outdoor experience with the comfort of a high-end hotel room.
Two Brothers Build a Woody, Hexagonal Studio in the Forest
The studio, a dream getaway for a busy mother and doula, is set in the woods of British Columbia.
An Old Stone Wall Props Up an Experimental Micro-Flat in Spain
The 323-square-foot apartment updates cave typology with bold colors and multifunctional spaces.