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.

Real (Cool) Madrid Micro Loft

This tiny loft in downtown Madrid by Beriot Bernardini Architects is filled with clever ideas. BBA exploits the 301 sq ft former office space’s 12′ high ceilings, inserting a multi-functional, two story structure that houses a sleeping loft, 6′ high-ceilinged changing area, bathroom, ample storage and mini kitchen. The whole structure looks out toward the windows, both promoting ventilation and giving the illusion of more space.

We especially appreciate the staircase; it sits on casters and rolls out to reveal a large hanging rack and other storage.

Like the Specht Harpman and Jordan Parnasse apartments we looked at in the past, BBA’s apartment foregoes transforming furniture in favor of creating discreet spaces like bed and changing rooms. This strategy seems to work best in spaces with high ceilings, where vertical volume can be removed with fewer functional consequences than if you took it from usable floor space.

Though we don’t have an exact figure, BBA says the project was done very affordably out of plywood.

If you want to see more of the apartment, check out this video below. There is also an interview about the space with the architect (in Spanish without subtitles).

  • Pontifikate

    That glass table is perfect!

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  • di

    Impractical for the elderly.

    Custom built-ins are expensive. They may not be versatile for every dweller.

  • di

    Vertical storage takes up a lot of space. Store a wardrobe in pull-out baskets beneath three sides of a bed. Iron as needed.

  • di

    Kitchenettes, portable stove tops and under-counter kitchen appliances, such as a fridge or combination washer/dryer, can be found at Compact Appliance online.

  • Rua Lupa

    What I would really like to see is a micro space without cupboards, closets or closed off storage in general. What ever happened to open spaces and having all your belongings in their place in the open where you can see them and easily find them. Which also forces you to like and deal with what you have and not accumulate. There seems to be this notion that you have to hide your stuff – what is there to hide? Open shelving, hooks, clothing racks and ladder, crates and baskets look fantastic and would make a great deal more space in a small space than trying to incorporate closets and other enclosures into it.

    • Peabody McKurk

      It’s a personal choice. I have nothing to hide, but I find having things all around me unsettling, I prefer smooth or like surfaces, with a few pops of color here or there and find it more relaxing.

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