With debate simmering about the possible "health risks" of small apartments, a tiny home of under 300 square feet may not seem sufficiently large enough for a family of three. But in many places in the world, such as Europe or Asia, it's not uncommon to have families living in smaller but efficiently spaced flats. But with additional improvements like transformer design and flexible, multipurpose spaces, small places can become more than sufficient.
Spanish firm Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos renovated this tiny 25 square-metre (269 square-foot) apartment in one of Madrid's municipalities, Navacerrada, for a family with a young child, showing that with a few intelligent adjustments, it is possible to live small, without sacrificing amenities.
The architects decided to insert large, full-height timber volumes as a way to subdivide the available space into sleeping and sitting areas. A shower-equipped bathroom is situated near the entrance, tucked behind the main sleeping volume. To reduce clutter -- thus giving the appearance of a larger apartment -- storage is hidden behind the wooden walls of the sitting volume behind large swinging panels, and beneath the beds as well.
The sitting area has a wide, cushioned bench that has a spectacular view of the mountains. The bench seems like it could double as a sleeping berth for a guest -- always a good thing to have if family friends stay over.
An adjustable dining and work table folds down between the sleeping and sitting areas, which can also be tucked up and out of the way whenever it's not needed. The kitchen and its appliances are hidden from view via a large length of white curtain -- once again, helping to create a more open and generous-looking space.
Keeping themselves to a constrained palette of materials and colours, and using the flexibility of transformer design and hidden storage, the designers are able to create a spacious haven from what was once a dimly lit apartment, blessed with a great view. Check out Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos' previous renovation of a 400-square-foot loft, and see more of their work on their website.