11. 100-meter cube by MYCC

Location – Madrid, Spain 

Area – 21 sq. m. 

Description – Designed by Spanish architects, MYCC the apartment is planned such that the owner travels like a character in a video game between living and working areas, using ladders and escalators that connect platforms inserted into an enclosed room. Each platform in space connects with a combination of stairs and ladders, which is 20 meters square. The lobby enters the kitchen and then leads to a living room on the other side. A last set of stairs lead to a bathroom below the kitchen from the living room. Walls, flooring, and walls are all white-finished, meaning furniture and artworks are the only color splashes.

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12. 22-meter square apartment by Little Design 

Location – Taipei, Taiwan 

Area – 22 sq. m. 

Description – Renovated by a Taiwanese studio the micro-apartment includes a toilet, floor-to-ceiling storage, and a workout area. Storage covers an entire living room wall spanning the ground to the ceiling by a distance of 3.3 meters. The warehouse has wardrobes on the ground and square racks on the upper floor, which are partially accessible from there. This level contains a bed and a small built-in desk for an individual seated on the floor. The living room downstairs is kept open for smooth movement of the tenant around it. High bamboo tables make up the bar/ dining area of the apartment . Architect Szu-Min Wang’s team completely painted and carved the tiny, clean, light oak tile apartment with floors, escalators, and railings.

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13. Micro-Apartment Moabit by Spamroom and John Paul Coss 

Location – Berlin  

Area – 21 sq. m. 

Description – The apartment is a modernized version of an art nouveau micro-apartment in Germany’s capital. The interior was gutted, neglected floorboards were pulled up and restored, the dusty roof was ripped down and removed, and all sanitary features were re-fitted and modernized. To make use of all available rooms, piling sections of the program culminated in the design of a cozy deck/sleeping mezzanine with additional storage space connecting to the main floor by a steel staircase. This level is supported from below by a partly cantilevered steel frame. The outer facade remained untouched. There is a small contemporary kitchen with plenty of storage that wraps around the corner into the living room. The window sill in the main room was partially expanded to double as a working desk with a view of the courtyard outside. Despite its limited scale, the flat feels well-structured and light, with alternating horizontal and vertical elements that overcome the former construction’s spatial dilemma. 

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14. Salva46 by Miel Arquitectos and Studio P10

Location – Barcelona, Spain 

Area – 65 sq. m.  

Description – Salva46 is an experimental project that focuses on shared micro-living spaces that consist of two evenly balanced spaces centered around a communal field. Two separate units, each with four internal zones focusing on the basic needs of Sleep, Work, Relaxation, and Hygiene make up the programming of each unit.  Each façade of the building has one unit that shares access to the central common room, which houses the kitchen, dining, and social functions. During the day, each occupant should enclose and protect their room thus allowing natural light to pass through. During the night, all units can be isolated and cocooned by sliding the strong doors shut. Each unit has a multipurpose mezzanine that hovers over the beds. 

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15. Budapest studio flat by Position Collective 

Location – Budapest, Hungary 

Area – 30 sq. m. 

Description – The apartment is a refurbished Budapest studio built by Position Collective in Hungary. It has a furniture and storage system that caters to transient tenants who book via Airbnb. It has a single main space and a separate bathroom separated by a structural wall. The newly built furniture system makes no changes to the apartment’s current configuration. The studio developed a modular plywood storage unit with interchangeable shelves and pegs that can be reconfigured if desired. A bed frame is connected to the wall panelling and has an indented section to hold the mattress and bedding. The sleeping unit is separated from the kitchen by a mesh curtain.A screen curtain separates the sleeping unit from the kitchen, which has hidden units and a narrow round dining table with three striped pendant lights above. Due to the low budget, rather than a full redesign, the investment was focused on the furniture environments.

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16. Studio apartment by Anne Rolland Architecte 

Location – Paris 

Area – 24 sq. m. 

Description – This one-room apartment is attached to the ground floor of the yard, which was an old stable. Anne Rolland’s Studio was tasked with turning it in 2015 into a cosy apartment for one person. The transition started with the removal of partition walls so as to create a larger room’s illusion. The façade wall was cleared and natural light was given way. The bedroom is half divided by a multifunctional closet furniture, with the bedroom on the one hand and the shower, and kitchen and dining on the other side. The furnishings are entirely in birch wood and the bed is raised off the floor as they double as a storage space.

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17. Appartement Spectral by BETLLION /DORVAL-BORY

Location – Paris, France 

Area – 20 sq. m.

Description – Spectral apartment is a restoration project of a small Parisian studio in which the absence of natural light contributed to the study of the spectral properties of two separate artificial light sources in order to specifically address the problem of artificial light. The apartment is constructed in a clear and neutral expression, devoid of colour or specific detail, eradicating all architectural expressiveness or narrative to leave only the logic of composition produced by light.This was accomplished by categorising programme elements based on their spectral requirements.  The kitchen and living room needed distinct colours, while the bed and shower would suffice with monochromatic lighting.

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18. Batipin Flat / Studio Wok

Location – Milan, Italy 

Area – 28 sq. m. 

Description – To provide the main room as much space as possible, the apartment has minimal but livable service areas. The main room is clear and tidy, a box defined by side walls panelled in batpin plywood and a wide window overlooking the terrace to stretch the internal space as far as possible to the outside. The two “working” walls in batipin conceal all of the furniture, including the folding double bed, sliding doors to the bathroom and kitchen, a wardrobe, and the air conditioning compartment.The bathroom and kitchen are two monochrome blue boxes, while the living area features white surfaces to increase contrast and highlight the texture of the wood walls.

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19. El Camarín / IR Arquitectura 

Location – Chacarita , Argentina 

Area – 25 sq. m.  

Description – This small apartment is the result of the dissolution of a 1950s-era property, and it forms a “ochava” on the first floor with views of the street. The full opening of the “ochava” wall allowed for the visual and functional expansion of the room. Spaced enclosures serve as a diaphragm, expanding the apartment’s use in the summer and contracting it in the winter. The two remaining walls house a small kitchen, refrigerator, and washing machine, which extends and provides access to the existing toilet and organises the technological lines, storage areas, and appliances, and provides shelter for the bed and desk, which are linked to the rest of the environment through a library.

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20. Darlinghurst Apartment by Brad Swartz Architect  

Location – Darlinghurst, Australia 

Area – 27 sq. m. 

Description – This micro-apartment is intended to accommodate a couple. The apartment was originally one bed, with the idea of re-establishing a public and private domain. By relocating the kitchen to create open plan living, a public living, dining, and kitchen area was created. To maximise the specifications in the smallest amount of space, the storage and bed were stacked and inserted over each other like Tetris bits. This field is cleverly concealed behind a white joinery unit.

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Author

Ruchika is an architecture student who believes there’s no end to knowledge as it is not a book or an examination that defines its extent rather it is a process that you go through from the moment you are born to the moment you die. She loves to read books and is an art enthusiast. She is open to new ideas and stands up for what she believes in. She is currently working at an NGO that is working continuously with ever-increasing energy and enthusiasm for Community Development especially of the marginalized people.

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