Though compact apartments are now catching on in North America, they've been common in Europe for some time now. In Paris, France, architects Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet collaborated to convert a space that was formerly the master bathroom of a much larger living space into a standalone micro-apartment of only 130 square feet that's packed full of modern space-saving ideas.
Using an elevated platform as a means to increase the functionality of the space, the designers hid a sliding component underneath which can be transformed from sofa, to bed, to being retracted completely to free up more room. The seating and sleeping area is also intended also as a working space, plus there's a red modern coffee table can be pulled out from the wall whenever it's needed.
There's some details we've been seeing often in tiny spaces, like this set of steps that also double as storage.
Behind the bar-like dining area, there is a kitchen equipped with ultra-compact oven and dishwasher. Tucked away behind a translucent sliding door, there's a bathroom off to the side featuring a generous sink and shower.
Thanks to a number of large existing windows, the whole space is filled with natural daylighting.
By integrating a number of increasingly familiar strategies to make the apartment feel much bigger than it really is, this micro-apartment is another great example of big thinking in a small space. More over at Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet.