I always joke about needing more space for all the junk I seem to accumulate. When you live in a very tiny apartment there is no room for junk. This sleek, perfectly compact flat in Odessa, Ukraine is all you really need….I guess. Here are some details: The place with an area of merely 17.3 square meters located in an old building in the very center of Odessa was inherited by the current owners. Having no idea what to do with it, they turned to Fateeva Design creative bureau. In spite of the very limited floor space and the low market value of the place, it appeared quite possible to turn it into a place for long-term rent. The idea worked out. There is a college nearby, so a student is renting this flat at the moment. The whole work started with the spatial layout solution. The customers wanted to allocate sufficient room for sleeping and working areas, as well as the kitchen and the bathroom. Surprising as it may seem, there appeared to be enough space for everything. Moreover, there is a specious hall with an ample wardrobe. All the functional zones are placed along the perimeter of the place. Neutral color scheme is chosen, so that the furniture doesn’t “steal” space from the room.
Photos: Andrey Avdeenko
Thanks to Barbora for sending us this link to the quite small apartment (50 m² I think) in Prague of a filmmaker, located in a building built in 1905. Some original details remain, such as the tile stove and spruce floor. With lots of industrial touches it makes for quite the bachelor pad, and I have to chuckle at the lack of a refrigerator or stove (where does he keep the beer?)
Some Parisian fabulousness from architecture duo Gaëlle Cuisy and Karine Martin of GplusK. When space is at a premium, these ladies know just what to do, and with a modern aesthetic and a dash of colour.
While I anxiously await the project that never seems like it is going to happen (the creation of a library in my third floor unused space), I can only hold back pangs of jealousy when I come across projects like this by Sophie Lallias of Atelier Sofi(A). She created a bedroom and library and left a narrow staircase to access the rest of the apartment. 3.5 metre high bookcases allow for maximum use of a very small space and the result is TONS of book storage, a workspace and a cozy bedroom. (That’s Farrow& Ball’s Tessela wallpaper in the hallway and Cole & Sons Woods & Stars in the bedroom…and these photos are by Benoit Alazard)
Check out another project of Sophie’s here
Live in a small studio apartment? Basically just one room in which to cram your living sleeping and kitchen? Love to cook but don’t want to stare at the kitchen sink while you’re reclining on your bed? Rather forget that you live in just that one room? Here is a little inspiration from Melbourne based Nicholas Agius Architects. (Now I just wonder what the studio apartment looked like when the rest of the “stuff” was moved in.)