Sunday, July 14, 2013

Could You Live in 320 Square Feet?

If you live in a city, you probably know that space is at a premium.  Very few architects or builders know how to get a space right when it comes to small spaces.  Sure, there is the "box" that most of these spaces turn into, but what about ingenious methods of flow and storage?  What about aesthetics and views?  What about living in a space that doesn't feel like it's 320 square feet?

That is exactly the questions that architects Scott Specht and partner Louise Harpman of the architectural firm Specht Harmon answered when they designed this Manhattan Micro Loft in New York.  This space is sleek and stylish.  It feels large and unassuming.  It feels personal and classy.  It's hard to achieve that in a small space.

This view of the kitchen and the living space beyond is the perfect vantage point to see how the space feels large.  The wrap-around counter extends the kitchen into the living area and the sea colored glass backsplash and white cabinets keep the kitchen light and airy.

The kitchen features fully concealed appliances and flip-up upper storage units that enable easy access.

The only door in the entire loft is the bathroom door.  The rest of the loft is without doors in order to achieve an open and free-flowing space.  Notice the mirrored interior of the door, which provides a great dressing mirror and makes the bathroom feel larger.

The stairs have built-in storage and lower drawers.  Without hardware, it is more seamless.

The bed is tucked under an alcove with recessed lighting.  The bedroom area is cantilevered with steel cables and is grounded with the dark hardwood.

View to the top level, which leads out onto the rooftop garden.  The open and airy full wall of glass windows and doors also allows much light into the space, making it feel more open and spacious.

The stairs balusters are steel cables, adding to the sleekness and modernity of the whole space.

The wrap-around counter-top from the kitchen to the living area acts as a "hearth" for the space.

A wider view of the space.   The simplicity of the lines, and the dark wood against the white walls and lacquered cabinets gives it a very clean look.  Notice the "wall" of balusters that go from the stairs to the ceiling.  They create a safety wall, while not impinging on the openness of the space.

The main bathroom and shower is under the staircase.

A computer model of the entire space shows the garden rooftop terrace.  As shown in the model, furnishings are kept to a minimum as well, to keep the space open.

This space won an award as one of the top architectural spaces for 2013 by Residential Architect.

Residential Architect's 2013 Award Winners

For more links to great information about small living spaces, check out these links.

Small Urban Apartment Decorating Ideas
Connect with Designers and Builders to Create Your Own Small Home

Have a wonderful week!


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

~ Denis Waitley


Jacqueline @ HOME said...

What a beautiful apartment Becky and the space has been used so well and has maximised it's full potential ...... what I wouldn't give to have it as my NY pied de terre !!!!
Thanks so much for coming over to see me It's so lovely to meet new blogging friends. .... and, Vicki is so lovely. I was lucky enough to meet her last Summer in London and will hopefully meet up again soon.
Here's to a long blogging friendship. XXXX

debra@dustjacket said...

What a stylish space! Thanks so much for dropping by and taking time to leave a note...xx D
ps totally fine re question.

Mary Rafferty said...

Except for a dorm room, and despite looking very nice in the pictures, it is absolutely horrible to have an apartment so small. This belongs on a college campus and nowhere else.

The architects who thought of this and had the nerve to put it forth as acceptable living space for a home - even for a single person - are a disgrace.

People crammed together like that don't have the space and quiet they need.
It will end up being a totally run-down tenement.

We have so much unused land where urban sprawl would be far better than cramming people into the city like this.

I'm sorry to be on my sopabox, but this whole concept appalled me when I first read of it, and continues to upset me.