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.

This 390-Square-Foot Renovation Is Compact Yet Comfortable in Greenwich Village
This 390-Square-Foot Renovation Is Compact Yet Comfortable in Greenwich Village
An architect revamps a pint-sized Manhattan apartment for a couple on the go.
By Ron Broadhurst - 3 years ago
Happy Trails
In the Virginia woods, two architects devise an economical solution to a couple’s need for space.
Budget Breakdown: A Designer Couple Revamp a Tiny Seattle Condo For $13K
Clay Anderson of Olson Kundig and Alex Almerico of NBBJ give their 505-square-foot home in Capitol Hill a serious upgrade on a strict budget.
A Corrugated, Plastic Bifold Door Opens Up an Artist’s Tiny L.A. Studio
A Corrugated, Plastic Bifold Door Opens Up an Artist’s Tiny L.A. Studio
Simple materials transform a rundown wood balcony into a new roof deck and versatile creative space.
- a month ago
This DIY Couple Craft a Tiny Cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains For Less Than $35K
In search of a Bay Area retreat, Jeff Waldman and Molly Fiffer purchased a piece of land on which to experiment and gain new skills, one task at a time.
Hide and Eat
In Manhattan, where space is the ultimate luxury, a clever design workaround makes a dining table disappear after supper.
This Shape-Shifting Apartment Lets an Architect Work from Home
A Tokyo architect's shape-shifting apartment takes a holistic approach to live/work style.
An Asymmetric Laneway House Reunites a Mother and Daughter in Vancouver
Built for a daughter returning to her old neighborhood, this 640-square-foot dwelling feels surprisingly roomy.
Space-Saving Wood-Paneled Apartment in Manhattan
Faced with the challenge of a diminutive New York apartment in desperate need of a refresh, architect Tim Seggerman went straight to his toolbox to craft a Nakashima-inspired...
This Sculptural Staircase Shapes an Entire Home
How is a 921-square-foot, 44-level house possible? Witness Tokyo architect Akihisa Hirata’s mind-bending, shape-shifting solution to small-space living.
Hideaway Cachet
Hideaway Cachet
A quirky mountain refuge by French designer Charlotte Perriand is an ingenious take on small-space living.
- 7 years ago
Clever Storage Abounds in This Tiny, Pine-Wrapped Apartment in France
Measuring just 527 square feet, Pine Flat houses various wooden volumes to optimize its small size.
16 Unbelievable Tree Houses We’re Pining Over
These spellbinding tree houses will bring your childhood dreams to life.
Behold, the Bedroom Box: 10 Small-Space Sleeping Nooks
Feeling the squeeze? These cabinet rooms, storage walls, and sliding doors partition living and sleeping areas while eking out more space.
This Mobile Studio in the Swiss Alps Is an Artist's Dream Come True
Clean lines and practical sustainability define this roving, multipurpose structure.
A Concrete Vacation House Keeps Life Simple in Coastal Argentina
Luciano Kruk perforates a concrete volume with glass walls to fashion a simple yet elegant vacation home in the province of Buenos Aires.
An Abandoned Warehouse Makes Way For a Breezy Ibiza Retreat
The Nieuw turns a dilapidated workshop and storage building in the northern hills of Ibiza, Spain, into an off-grid guesthouse with island flavor.
An Elevated Deckhouse in England
A design-minded pair ensures that their tiny seaside getaway in Hampshire, England, is shipshape.
A Modern Treehouse in Belgium
Design firm Baumraum’s modern tree house in Belgium sparks a dialogue about nature and architecture.
A Simple Geometric Bayfront Home in Chile
Mathias Klotz’s first project, a deceptively simple bayfront house in Chile was commissioned by his mom on a shoestring budget.
Small and Modern: A Family Lakeside Getaway in Texas
A family matriarch enlisted an architect, an interior designer, a builder, and a landscape architect to help realize her vision for a diminutive, low-key lakeside getaway.
This Norwegian Cabin Hunches Under a Protective Hood
Built to withstand powerful winds and rain, Hytte Imingfjell is a mountain cabin with a distinctive, hood-like roof.
A Sleek Pool House Channeling Mies van der Rohe Grows From a Mountainside
Cedar, glass, and concrete combine in this minimalist pool house that draws inspiration from Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Pavilion.
8 Transforming Furnishings For Tiny Apartments
These flexible furnishings will lift, shift, glide, and transform before your very eyes.
This Tiny Transforming Apartment Is a Playground For Pets
Sim-Plex Design Studio creates a home that shifts and adapts, with dedicated nooks and crannies for three people, a parrot, and a cat.
Sky Small
Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting.
The Great Compression
In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to...
20 A-Frame Homes We Love
A-frame homes have an iconic appearance that has stood the test of time—and they continue to capture the imagination today.
A Breezy Modular Home Keeps Cool in Austin, Texas
Inspired by local residential typology, this 850-square-foot modular home has high ceilings, light-filled rooms, and a central breezeway.
A Tiny Lisbon Home Draws In Daylight With a Central Void
In Lisbon’s Mouraria neighborhood, an affordable family home squeezes three bedrooms into a light-filled space a hair over 1,000 square feet in size.