Good Things Come in Small Boxes
With crappy design, 200 sq ft can feel like a confining trap with little functional value. With great design, like this little room by Moscow’s INT2 Architecture, 200 sq ft can feel open and perform like a space much larger than its tiny footprint would suggest.
In order to maximize space, INT2 built a plywood box that occupies half the room. The box includes ample storage for clothes, books and more. In its center is a bed that doubles as a lounge area. The box is cut out in the center, allowing access to the window, which, combined with the apartment’s light color palette, makes the space feel open and airy–not an easy feat for such a small space.
There is a projector mounted in the front of the box which projects onto a sliding panel mounted on the opposite wall. Depending on where the panel is placed, it reveals either a chalkboard or mirror–the former providing temporary decoration, the latter making the space feel larger. The final touch is a tasteful small desk and chair.
We can’t ascertain what the space is used for, but it seems perfect for a dorm room or shared living situation–spaces that are rarely given such design flare. We imagine the construction of the box was not terribly expensive relative to the aesthetic and functional value it brings the room, and is something that could be made fairly easily by a competent carpenter.