Design Interior Design Jewel-Like Micro-Apartment Gets Multifunctional Makeover in Paris By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger since 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated October 11, 2018 ©. Batiik Studio Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Smaller apartments are a common thing in many older European cities, where the urban fabric is denser and built not just for the dominance of car traffic, as they are in most North American cities. In Paris' 10th arrondissement, Batiik Studio updated this small, 118-square-foot apartment into a little jewel of a space, characterized by a calm, bright interior punctuated by hidden pops of colour nestled in its space-saving, built-in furniture. Located in a trendy neighbourhood that's ethnically diverse and home to a large Turkish community, the Marie-Josephine apartment exhibits some of these influences in its design, like the subtle references to arch-like forms throughout the space. © Batiik StudioFor instance, one arched space holds the small but functional kitchen, with two sets of cabinets above and below. Not a lot of space for full-on foodies, but enough for simple meals. © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio Next to this is a pleasant surprise: another arched alcove that hides a folding table and two stools, accented by a deep Mediterranean shade of blue. © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio The sofa in this small space can fold out to become a bed. © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio The bathroom is ingeniously hidden behind a full-length arched mirror. © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio © Batiik Studio This small apartment is rented out seasonally on AirBnb rather than used as a full-time residence apparently, but we've seen time and time again that even smaller spaces aren't necessarily a barrier for long-term comfortable living, if they are done intelligently and not cluttered needlessly. To see more, visit Batiik Studio.