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Architizer A + Award Small Living Winners Announced

LifeEdited is proud to announce that we were given the Jury Award for the Architizer A + Award in the Small Living category. We are less proud–though hardly ashamed–that we were beat out for the Popular Award, i.e. the project that received the most public votes. That honor went to “Manhattan Micro Loft” by Specht Harpman Architects.

In truth, we were secretly lusting after the Manhattan Micro Loft. It’s beautiful interior with contrasting surfaces and textures exploited every inch of the space’s unique tall and small dimensions. Specth Harpman split the apartment’s 425 sq ft into four levels (the fourth being the green-roof patio). This vertical partitioning creates three spaces that are both discreet and flow together. The semi-open format also allows the whole apartment to share the window’s natural light.

The two main staircases feature unique “tansu” cabinetry, which is a variety traditional Japanese storage system (no SkyMall did not invent them).

Like the LifeEdited apartment, the “before” pictures are almost as interesting as the completed ones. It shows that with a little creativity (and yes, money), you can turn an inefficient and dilapidated small space into an aesthetic and functional masterpiece. Big congrats to Specht Harpman for their award and great design!

Images via Architizer

  • Diana McQuady

    A lovely space, but if the fourth level is outdoor space, wouldn’t this really be only 300-318 sq ft? I wouldn’t count outdoor space with square footage.

    • I’d also like to know if this area is measured only by its floor surface or if it’s an addition of all the levels of the apartment (as in floor + bedroom + outdoor patio).

      • The 425 sq ft is the measurement of the bottom-level footprint that we started out with. We took advantage of the 25′ ceilings and split that space into 3 interior levels. If this home were to be sold, it would be more accurately described as 425 sq ft + the area of the bed platform (not including the exterior terrace).

  • Thank you for the gracious post! Congrats on your award as well; Hope to get to meet you at the ceremony.