Micro-apartments are gaining traction in cities like New York, Paris and Madrid, where real estate tends to be astronomically expensive and proximity to amenities desirable enough that people are willing to trade size for location. In Kharkov, Ukraine, the second-largest city in the country and a cultural and industrial hub, Ukrainian design firm One Studio created this modernist, yet comfortable and functional, micro-apartment for a weightlifter.
Seen over at Home Designing and measuring just a touch under 200 square feet, the apartment is nevertheless packed with everything that one might need to live well, thanks to some clever space-saving details. There's a flexible living room space outfitted with a grand sofa and another window bench for guests, all with a great view of the city.
There's a cozy but functional galley kitchen right under the stairs that still manages to get in a four-burner stovetop, and an eat-in counter folds up to become a wine rack. And of course, the requisite storage stair, with alternating treads, painted an energetic red.
Upstairs is the bedroom, which feels quite spacious, as it almost completely overlaps the living room area below, save for a sliver of shared window space.
The bathroom is quite something: the integrated sink-and-washer is brilliant, though it's hard to tell if this is merely a rendering or a real photo. But the concept is great for small bathrooms that can double as a laundry room. And the fishtank shower with a floor of stones cleverly brings in a bit of nature into the mix.
I'm wondering if there's health benefits to showering with a fish, but I digress. Thanks to a creative strategy of overlapping spaces, functions and unexpected features, this micro-apartment manages to integrate a lot of original concepts to enlarge a small space. See more over at One Studio.