Tiny Pale Beauty from Berlin
Architects Spamroom are responsible for creating the elegant 221 sq ft Berlin studio you see here. The process began with a full gut of the early 20th century-built apartment. The previous layout suffered from “unevenly distributed and cramped spaces,” as the architects told Dezeen. Walls were torn down and resurfaced and the previous parquet flooring was removed to reveal the original floorboards, which were treated and retained.
The centerpiece of the space is a large volume made of pine ply that houses the kitchen, bathroom and storage. On its top is a “mezzanine” level which holds the bed (people with spinal problems or the propensity for waking up quickly need not apply). The mezzanine is accessed via a lithe steel staircase, which is connected to another pine cabinet. That cabinet’s base has a retracting cube that comes out to act as the first step up the staircase.
Aside from the custom staircase, the simple materials used for the cabinetry, kitchen and bath lead me to think this was not an astronomically priced renovation, showing what a little care and design chops can do to make a tiny space look and work great.
Photos Courtesy of Ringo Paulusch