Small Spaces

Explore compact spaces, tiny houses, and studios that exhibit resourcefulness, flexibility, and style.

On Vancouver Island, a Family Squeezes a Serene Studio Between a Rock and a Hard Place
On Vancouver Island, a Family Squeezes a Serene Studio Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Best of all, its green roof channels rainwater through the craggy terrain to create a trickling fountain.
By Rachel Gallaher - 12 days ago
947 Square Feet of House Fit Between a London Victorian Terrace Home and a Substation
The carefully crafted brick infill by architecture firm Whittaker Parsons figures neatly into the streetscape.
Budget Breakdown: A London Architect Gives Her Micro Apartment a Major Upgrade for $17K
Elle Bytautaite uses clever design hacks to fix up her 365-square-foot flat—and impresses even her builders in the process.
Corrugated Metal Sets a Home Apart in a Tight-Knit Toronto Neighborhood
Corrugated Metal Sets a Home Apart in a Tight-Knit Toronto Neighborhood
In an area of the city with the highest concentration of tiny homes, design studio AMA reimagined a worker’s cottage in complete disrepair for a client aging in place.
An Ode to the Tiny Yet Wondrous Apartment of Charlie From ‘Girls’
As the HBO series’s viewership resurges, the smartly arranged studio of Marnie’s sweet, docile boyfriend in the first season deserves its own revisit.
This Garden Studio Wrapped in Charred Timber Shingles Acts Like a Giant Bug Hotel
HyperSpace tunes up a garage in Hertfordshire, England, with a dramatic facade that shelters bees, moths, and butterflies.
Budget Breakdown: A Barcelona Bachelor Pad Gets Radically Reimagined for €10,000
How do you pull off a renovation on a shoestring budget? If you’re Takk Architecture, do the opposite of what’s expected.
A Basement in Greece Finds a New Purpose as a Space-Saving Apartment
Point Supreme Architects kept its raw concrete and steel but implemented adventurous finishes and porous built-ins that maximize the apartment’s small footprint.
This Apartment Renovation Was Meant as a Rental. The Owner Liked It So Much, He Kept It for Himself
Architect Rafael Ramos turned a cramped 700-square-foot flat in Rio de Janeiro into a finely tuned space infused with his client’s personal style.
Budget Breakdown: An Architect DIYs a Luminous Work Shed for $10K
Tim Vander Hoek designs and builds a 60-square-foot office using a mix of lumber and a hallmark wraparound acrylic clerestory.
In Norway, a Writer’s Studio Wrapped in White Brick Breaks the Mold
In Norway, a Writer’s Studio Wrapped in White Brick Breaks the Mold
Part workspace, part garage, this curvaceous addition houses an entrepreneur’s passions while serving up a new twist on traditional masonry.
This 506-Square-Foot Apartment Lives Large With Cheery Yellow Interiors and an Outdoor Soaking Tub
Gon Architects went big with the better things in life in the remaking of their client’s compact Madrid apartment.
Before & After: A Designer Turns Her Tiny Guest Cottage Into a Lab for Big Ideas
Ginger Curtis shows that good things do come in small packages—even in Texas.
Rental Revamp: A Brazilian Architect Enlivens Her Austin Apartment With Boho-Chic Flair
Guta Louro’s colorful home is full of furniture and artworks that highlight her journey from Brazil to New York, and now Texas.
Every Surface Serves a Purpose in This Tiny Apartment in Hong Kong
Sim-Plex Design Studio uses built-ins and more space-saving solutions—like a concealed dining table—to create a highly functional yet cozy home.
A Floating Iron Stair Cuts Through a Bladesmith’s Workshop Turned Residence in Italy
Architect Carlo Gaspari sensitively transformed the Old World shop with references to the trade and calculated cuts for skylights.
A 200-Square-Foot ADU Packs a Playful Punch With Murals and Curved Motifs
Designer Ash Dipert reimagines a trio of mismatched outbuildings behind his family’s Craftsman home as a backyard suite filled with custom details for small-space living.
This Small Spanish Apartment Takes Color Blocking to the Extreme
Each of its zones features a vibrant hue that adds character and definition to the roughly 600-square-foot space.
A Globetrotting Architect Takes Her Tiny Warsaw Flat to the Next Level
Karolina Howorko breaks through the ceiling to playfully reimagine her pocket-sized pad.
A Timber Artist’s Retreat Sprouts Beside a Stone Cottage in England
Studio Weave draws upon traditional craft and contemporary design to create a garden dwelling geared toward creative growth.
This Tiny Apartment Checks All the Boxes With Glass Bricks and Gridded Tile
Inspired by Piet Mondrian, Miogui Architecture fixes up a 141-square-foot studio in Normandy with bright primary colors.
This Light-Bending Micro Apartment Will Make You Look Twice
Miogui Architecture revamps a 137-square-foot Parisian flat with mirrors, color, and plenty of sunlight.
The Rooms in This Tiny Apartment Change Size at the Push of a Button
Enorme Studio’s high-tech Beyome system aims to make compact homes live larger than their square footage.
This Prefab Company in Australia Wants to Be the Tesla of Home Building
Dimensions X is laying plans to deliver buyers planet-friendly prefabs that begin with a seamless online shopping experience.
Before & After: Wonderful Woodwork Turns a Tiny Suite Into a Full-Fledged Apartment
BRCJ Designs upgrades a 280-square-foot guest studio in the Hollywood Hills with white oak cabinetry, terrazzo counters, and full-sized amenities.
You Can Power These New All-Electric Tiny Homes With Your Regular-Sized Home—or Even a Car
Three Scandi-inspired designs by Escape start at $43,600 and plug into a standard electrical outlet, an electric vehicle, or a solar array.
A Cramped 400-Square-Foot Apartment in Buenos Aires Gets Flowing Spaces and a Fresh Start
Architect Micaela Racca tore out every wall she could to create a continuous floor plan that maximizes space, storage, light, and air.
An Atypical Paint Job and a Dedicated Dog Cabin Complete This Clever $3K Camper-Van Conversion
Texas-based artist and designer Rachel Farrington was inspired by the rocky ground, prairie grass, sandstone, and bright open skies of the Southwestern U.S.—where she and her...
Design Magic Makes This 137-Square-Foot Parisian Flat Look Larger Than It Is
Mirror, mirror on the wall—is this the tiniest apartment of them all?
A Tiny Cabin in Finland Is a Creative Temple for Its Filmmaker Owner
Pirinen Salo Oy looks to church architecture and the illusions of cinema to craft an inspirational lakeside retreat.
Perched on a Portuguese Hilltop, an Inspiring Studio Lets Creativity Take Flight
Architecture firm Madeiguincho found inventive uses for windows and wood to craft a space for creating—or just relaxing.
Koto Just Unveiled a New Backyard Prefab Cabin for $75K
Designed in collaboration with Garden Club London, the carbon-neutral retreat is a tiny slice of paradise.
An Architect Takes His Time in Building a Cozy Cabin in the Danish Countryside
Using recycled materials and by-hand techniques, Thomas Bossel of Pax Architects traded out refinement for rough-hewn edges to create an idyllic escape for his young family.
A Family in Japan Makes the Most of a Tight Space on an Even Tighter Budget
For a couple and their young daughter, In Studio designs a serene hillside home with clever interiors.
This Flat-Pack Prefab Is Designed With Remote Living in Mind
In Australia, a manufacturer and an architecture firm create an off-grid home that can be broken down and shipped across the world.
A Tiny Apartment in Hong Kong Uses Adaptable Joinery to Expand the Space
Sim-Plex Design Studio transforms a 504-square-foot flat for a young family with cleverly concealed storage and a private, lofted living space for their live-in helper.