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.

Idyllic Italian Studio Stuffs Storage in the Floor

There’s a tendency for small-space designers to go high with storage. And while this is often the best solution, it’s not the only one. This 377 sq ft studio retreat by Italian firm Studioata is a nice example of how storage can be built underfoot as well as overhead.

The studio, which measures 377 sq ft, is built into a hillside in Alassio, Liguria in northern Italy. In fact, the studio’s stepped design follows the slope of the hill, with a bedroom sitting at top, a kitchen in the middle and a lounge area at the bottom. The two steps separating the bed from lounge are packed with function: the first with a hiding kitchen and the second with drawers and underfoot storage containers.

There are a few good reasons why architects don’t design storage under the floor: you must engineer doors that can support the weight of what’s going on above; some people might not like crouching down to get their stuff (though I’d argue it’s easier than getting stuff from up high); and in most situations, adding storage volume down low requires either elevating the whole floor to make a continuous plane or intruding into whatever’s happening below your unit (neighbors, a cellar, etc). But where it makes sense, like here, it makes a lot of sense.

Via Small House Bliss

  • Chris

    I agree that the floor storage ‘doors’ would be to be very study.

    I also think that it’d be better if there was a basket attached to the door so that as you open it, the basket raises up. That way people would need to stoop to get to the contents.

  • WithheldName

    So to edit our lives to be happier and find greater meaning…we should look to cutting-edge Italian firms to design us new custom homes?

    • David Friedlander

      yes, that’s exactly what we’re saying ;-)….or we’re just showcasing cool ideas in minimalist architecture. stuff, should you downsize yourself, you might find informative/inspirational in fitting your own live in a smaller space.

      • WithheldName


  • I love this little life pod.