High ceilings mean double the floor space in Ukraine micro apartment
Ukrainian architectural firm One Studio has recently accomplished a surprisingly functional apartment in a surprisingly small amount of space. The micro apartment squeezes into a mere 18 square meter (194 sq ft) footprint and stretches over two levels.
Although theapartment's original floor plan was only 18 square meters (194 sqft), it is aided by its extra high ceilings, which measure 5m (over 16 ft) in height. This additional heightallowed the architects to include a central elevated loft bedroom,effectively doubling the amount of usableinterior space.
The entrance features large white gloss floor to ceilingstorage/wardrobe space and a full length mirror; automatically givingthe impression of a larger home. This leads to the compact bathroom, fully equipped with toilet, wash basin, storage and washing machine, and a fish tankthat sits alongside the pebbled shower.
The compact home has a tiny angled kitchenlocated underneath the stairwell. Unfortunately the kitchen unit ismicro and doesn't allow much room for food preparation or storage, butdoes come with a wine rack that doubles as a roomdivider. There's an electric four-pot stovetop and a microwave, but avid cooks will likely find this kitchen a little cramped.
Theliving room has a built-in sofa lounge, boxing corner, entertainment unitmounted onto the opposite wall and a split system heating and coolingunit. The living zone has been kept simple and takes advantage ofthe huge floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the city below andflooding the home with natural light. The living room also providesaccess to the upstairs bedroom, via a staircase made from aseries of storage boxes. Each step is used for storage and almostdisguises the staircase completely.
The loft bedroom looks surprisingly spacious and practical, with built-in wardrobes and a central double bed,which takes advantage of the stair railing as a bed head. This space also includes an office/study, complete with built-in desk,shelves and overhead lamp. The study area is located directly next tothe large windows, which flow seamlessly up from the living roombelow, providing not only impressive views but the feeling of beingin a regular sized home.