News Home & Design Compact Seaside Apartment Renovation Is Inspired by Boat Design By Kimberley Mok Kimberley Mok Twitter Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who has been covering architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. Learn about our editorial process Updated April 16, 2019 This story is part of Treehugger's news archive. Learn more about our news archiving process or read our latest news. Dark and confined to bright and fresh with a sea salt inspiration. StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices News Archive We've seen so many delicious small space design ideas coming from boats and airplane interiors, as these cramped spaces necessitate a bit of creative wrangling to fit everything in, including the kitchen sink. Similarly in Minori, a quiet Italian fishing town on the Amalfi coast, Studio Ricciardi Architetti incorporated boat design ideas in renovating a 355-square-foot (33 square metres) seaside apartment, transforming a dark and confined interior into one that is now bright, fresh and unmistakably inspired by its proximity to the sea. Located on the second floor of an existing building that's close to the beach, La Barca Minori (or the "Minori Boat") apartment has been redone for a family that often entertains and has family sleepovers, resulting in a design that can accommodate up to eight people. As the architects recount: "The idea immediately ran to the boat: with such small spaces and ambitious demands, suggestions could only come from the nautical world." StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com Conceived as a "large and comfortable boat," the apartment now includes a cleverly reconfigured multifunctional living area that features a curving row of built-in seating. But these are multifunctional too, as hidden underneath one of these sofas cushions is storage, while the other sofa can be transformed into an extra guest bed. StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com Following that curve, one comes into the compact kitchenette, equipped with a double sink, induction stove, refrigerator, and a small peninsula for extra counter space. As one can see here, the marine theme is echoed in the wave-like patterns of the hand-made tiles by MAVI Ceramics, while the timber joinery was undertaken by Falegnameria Buono Snc. StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com To the other side of the living space is this wall of storage, holding the washing machine, cabinetry, and space for a television. StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com The stairs leading up to the prow-like sleeping loft can also conveniently be used to store items like clothing or shoes. Upstairs, there are two extra beds. StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com There is a hallway to the right of the apartment entrance, which holds more storage, as well as one guest bathroom with a glazed terracotta lighthouse. While an extra bathroom does take up space that could be used for something else, for the clients this extra bathroom was necessary for comfortably hosting guests. StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com Going further down the corridor, the curving wall leads to the master bedroom, which also has its own bathroom with an intriguing circular shower that has its own custom-made spiral shower curtain rod. To either side of the bed are little flip-down bedside tables. Above the master bed is yet another sleeping loft with two beds. StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com StudioRicciardiArchitetti.com To gain more space and efficiency, the compact functionality of boats can easily be translated into our everyday spaces, no matter their stature.