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 the apartment's original floor plan was only 18 square meters (194 sq ft), it is aided by its extra high ceilings, which measure 5 m (over 16 ft) in height. This additional height allowed the architects to include a central elevated loft bedroom, effectively doubling the amount of usable interior space.
The entrance features large white gloss floor to ceiling storage/wardrobe space and a full length mirror; automatically giving the impression of a larger home. This leads to the compact bathroom, fully equipped with toilet, wash basin, storage and washing machine, and a fish tank that sits alongside the pebbled shower.
The compact home has a tiny angled kitchen located underneath the stairwell. Unfortunately the kitchen unit is micro and doesn't allow much room for food preparation or storage, but does come with a wine rack that doubles as a room divider. There's an electric four-pot stove top and a microwave, but avid cooks will likely find this kitchen a little cramped.
The living room has a built-in sofa lounge, boxing corner, entertainment unit mounted onto the opposite wall and a split system heating and cooling unit. The living zone has been kept simple and takes advantage of the huge floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the city below and flooding the home with natural light. The living room also provides access to the upstairs bedroom, via a staircase made from a series of storage boxes. Each step is used for storage and almost disguises 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 to the large windows, which flow seamlessly up from the living room below, providing not only impressive views but the feeling of being in a regular sized home.
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