Housing is in increasingly short supply in many major metropolitan areas, so it's not uncommon to see people renovating small, old apartments to better suit their needs. In cities like Paris, where we've already seen highly functional, modern micro-apartments converted from a doorman's residence and a former bathroom, comes this elegantly minimalist re-do by Batiik Studio.
Seen over at Design Milk, the apartment, which measures only 161 square feet, looked rather dated and cramped before its transformation.
The design includes some tried-and-true, effective small-space ideas, such as the addition of a sub-floor bed platform that allows it to be tucked away completely to free up floor space; halfway out it acts as a sofa; and when fully rolled out, it's a bed for sleeping on.
The dining counter also has some good ideas here: it has an extra extension that can be flipped down and held up by hinged supports to create a dining table for four, with the addition of some bar stools.
The entry has a custom-built, full-height wardrobe that neatly hides all clutter away.
The original bathroom was enlarged, and the extra space by the window converted into a small workspace (the kitchen used to be here).
The use of a minimal palette and simplified layout gives the successful illusion of greater space and light, making this small space much more pleasant and functional to reside in -- a tiny haven in the big city. More over at Batiik Studio.