Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Tiny Apartment Builds It Up, Pares it Down

At just 160 sq ft (15 sq m) this is one of the smallest full-function apartments we’ve seen. Despite its tiny proportions, it’s hard to imagine a space getting too much more efficient in its use of space.

The centerpiece of the apartment is a one meter high wooden volume that contains, well, everything except the bathroom. On its top is a bed and dining area with round table and a couple chairs. There is a built-in (and usable looking) kitchen with doors that fold down when not in use, increasing surface space and reducing visual clutter.

Inside the volume is a closet of sorts accessed via a trap door. From the pictures, it’s not entirely clear how one would access the stuff inside closet, though we suspect it involves some sort of gymnastics. In fact, the whole apartment, with its short-roofed dining area, seems geared toward the young, limber and exceedingly neat.

via Boiserie & C.

  • Yik Fei Ko

    My primary concern with regard to this apartment is the lack of a rangehood. Without one, the kitchen is completely impractical for cooking, especially because it shares the same space as the living room/bedroom. Cooking odours would penetrate every corner, and you, your clothes, and your bed will smell like your lunch/dinner. A potential solution is a pop-up range hood, but still that is not particularly useful with tall pots.

    • YoungSally

      I agree, but wonder if they could set up a downdraft vent…although I don’t know if those work without being vented to the outdoors (i.e. ductless).

    • David Friedlander

      i live (and have lived) in several houses without proper hoods and it’s really not that big of a deal outside of cooking bacon or charring stuff. this is a pretty basic kitchen, though i imagine the right cook could do some damage in there.

  • linconnery

    I think I would object to walking on my kitchen counter to get to bed.

    • David Friedlander

      it’s not technically the kitchen counter. when the doors are lifted, there are untouched counters.

  • Chris

    I think it’s an interesting concept but I don’t think that it’s a practical solution.

    A different approach would be for this to be a person’s living space with a separate communal kitchen and dining space elsewhere within the building.

    • Edith Spencer

      THIS! I have seen this in a couple of coop living places in Portland, where the big stoves and ovens where in communal spaces, but all of the apartments also had functional simple galley kitchens.

  • Maggie

    Love the lack of visual clutter in the ‘kitchen’ area.

  • David Bush

    Very interesting. But after you finish cooking, you would need to do all the dishes and put them away before you could bring your meal up to the dining area.

    • Traci Paris

      Good point. That layout doesn’t seem practical.

    • David Friedlander

      c’mon. it’s 161 square feet 😉 sacrifices will be made.

      • David Bush

        Yes. It is pretty cool that when the kitchen is not in use, it takes up 0 square feet.

  • Teresa B

    In this small of an apartment, the bed should ALWAYS be a Murphy bed, and when it folds up, there should be a couch that folds out the bottom of the bed. And placing the kitchen on the wall of the windows would allow you access to the floor to ceiling built-in closet that WOULD have been built right where the table is. Then a little table could be folded down from the wall that would fold right in front of the couch.