The obscenely large and unsustainable McMansion is primarily a North American phenomenon; in places like Europe or Asia, small apartments are part of the norm, especially in older city centres. Antwerp, Belgium based Van Staeyen Interieur Architecten redesigned the interior of this home to include this intriguing space-saving solution in the bedroom: a wall of innocuous storage cabinets that include a cozy nook for a twin-sized bed.
The strategy seems to work -- it takes away the need to have freestanding furniture, wardrobes, dressers, desks and a bed -- all of which would clog up the space. Inside the nook, there is lighting and shelves for more storage.
The desk stretches from one side of the room to the other, providing plenty of work space, and there's cubby to the side that volumetrically connects desk with the storage wall, making it seem like the desk is cantilevering out.
A step pulls out, allowing one access to the nook -- a lovely little detail.
Putting all the storage and sleeping functions into a full wall, off the side, is a clever way to maximize space in this small bedroom. More over at Van Staeyen Interieur Architecten.