Small apartments in old urban centres like Paris or Madrid are cheap, but can be cramped and rundown. To update this old apartment in Paris, Batiik Studio gutted the interior and added a sleek-looking 'bedroom box' that is not only a private sleeping alcove, but also incorporates storage in every bit of available space, including the stairs. Part of the box can be closed off with sliding partitions.
There's a lot of storage here. Going inside the bedroom box via the stairs, one can see there's even a small integrated shelf here.
The new design is a far cry from the previous state of the apartment, which included a head-banging loft for sleeping in.
However, the walls were purposely kept unfinished after the renovation -- offering a bit of a visual contrast to the clean lines of the new installations. The minimalist and matching kitchen is located right beside the bedroom box.
Behind the sleeping box is the bathroom, equipped with a shower and small sink.
Living in a small living space may seem like a deprivation, but in fact, it can be a creative design opportunity. As we've seen with so many well-designed tiny spaces, it's possible to maximize any cramped space with some grand ideas. To see more, visit Batiik Studio.