Forget the McMansion. Creativity abounds with a lack of square footage. Despite their size, these small residential and hospitality spaces have charm in spades—and big impact.
Using models, developed the architectural plan and the interiors scheme simultaneously, using woodwork to tie everything below the pitched roof together and fine-tuning the orientation of the seating. As needed, square footage was sacrificed in favor of flow, resulting in a total of 1,100. Every inch was a debate. Read more
A funky West Village loft caught the eye of a CEO who was looking for a bachelor pad. It held lots of promise: a corner location and tall windows with river views. There were also drawbacks: a cramped upstairs sleeping loft, which obscured some of the windows and made the kitchen cavernlike. But the CEO knew that the right architect could work wonders. did exactly that by reconceiving the upstairs as what Sanders calls a “sleeping capsule.” Containing the master suite and a guest room, this asymmetrical volume floats free of the perimeter on three sides. Read more
After studying at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, architects Benjamin Krampulz and Michael Meyer each formed their own firm. Six years later, they entered a design competition together and won, thus launching . Since, the firm has completed the , a boutique hotel in Metzingen. Inside, a lobby wall boasts foliage-patterned wall covering, hunter-green tiles appoint the café, and rustic birch panels the suites. Read more
William Chan painted the six ajoining facades of this hotel black and white. Inside, referencing gray-scale photography and the austere lives of the country’s first Chinese immigrants, he continued the color scheme, staining the wooden floorboards in the 46 existing guest rooms and suites black. Powder-coated steel dominates the accommodations, its most ingenious use in the rodlike light fixtures that double as clothing racks; they stretch across the stark white ceilings like lines drawn in space. Read more
It takes a certain type of client to hire a design firm whose motto is “live differently.” For the firm in question, , that client was an eccentric French bachelor looking to inject playful personality into a 500-square-foot Hong Kong apartment. The firm achieved the requested atmosphere by combining subdued, pale tones with dynamic pops of color and texture. Read more
stands for “made-up space,” a tidy synonym for the art of architecture. And it’s an apt descriptor for the firm’s recently completed pied-à-terre in Kraków, where black-painted steel frames demarcate rooms. Though the apartment, designed for a Netherlands-based businessman and his family, was just 495 square feet, it boasted surprisingly high ceilings. That gave cofounders Anna Porebska and Adam Zwierzynski the opportunity to insert a mezzanine sleeping loft inspired by the 3-D line drawings of wireframe computer modeling. Read more
After a decade of living in the garden-level apartment of a converted East Village synagogue, the time had come for an upgrade. The garden apartment’s owners love to entertain. So they asked for an inviting public space with an efficient kitchen, a master suite with a spalike bathroom. responded by dividing the 1,100 square feet in half, placing the single bedroom near the front door and the living and dining areas at the garden end. Read more
designed this 613-square-foot studio in Deiva Marina, Italy. Liguria’s nautical culture inspired its laminated marine plywood cabinet wall—a nod to storage optimization inside sailboats—and light blue accents via paint and pillows. See all six micro-residences
designed this 355-square-foot home in Moscow. Needs are organized by blocks: pull-out wardrobes fit snugly beneath a staircase, oak units conceal kitchen and laundry, and recessed bookshelves make room for 1930’s furnishings. See all six micro-residences
Some art collectors clear off a wall for a new favorite. Some empty a room to display it. Neither option was enough for the client of : He renovated an entire 750-square-foot house in Wakayama City so that he could admire Hiroshi Senju’s “Yozakura Gekka.” Hans Wegner’s PP503 chair sits at a custom desk in the living room’s study area, with custom furniture made of hinoki. Read more
All architects are influenced by other buildings, including their own. For a San Francisco building, 388 Fulton, didn’t have far to look for inspiration. Just across the street stands their Richardson Apartments, studio housing for homeless residents. 388 Fulton has the first market-rate micro-units in the city, providing “affordability by design,” with built-in storage beds that maximize space. Read more
History can loom large, especially in Paris. For architect , the renovation of actress and filmmaker ’s apartment in a hôtel particulier meant respecting the 17th-century space while adding contemporary touches. Original oak beams and terra-cotta floor tiles were preserved and restored.
needed to accommodate the differing needs of two generations and three species when he designed a 450-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong. But Lam, founder of , was not daunted, creating a comfortable and flexible space for a young couple, a parent, a parrot, and a cat. The humans needed ample storage space, room to maneuver, and areas that could become communal. A dining table is stowed within a custom cabinet, pulled out only when needed.
Walking along Madrid's prominent, tree-dotted boulevard Calle de Serrano, one will find old-school grandeur. However, the occasional minimalist facade does turn up. This kind of contrast between old and new happens inside the neighborhood’s residential buildings, too. One such example is an apartment by , a small, forward-thinking studio fond of manipulating simple materials to profound effect. Pictured here, the sleeping wing contains a den with en suite bathroom that can become a bedroom when a guest visits. Read more
’s conceptual starting point for this project draws from the founder’s origins: xeno-dochio, Greek for a box that contains travelers, otherwise known as a hotel. The architects’ interpretation centers on a narrative of geometric shapes appearing throughout the 6,000-square-foot, four-story property. Boxy daybeds, round mirrors, and triangulated brass wardrobes furnish the 19 guest rooms, each one unique. Read more