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The micro Madrid apartment filled with hidden surprises

Yojigen Poketto home is a mere 33.6 sq m (361.66 sq ft) in size and is full of hidden storage spaces and handy surprises
Yojigen Poketto home is a mere 33.6 sq m (361.66 sq ft) in size and is full of hidden storage spaces and handy surprises
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Spanish architectural firm Elii has recently transformed a tiny apartment in Madrid into a smart home filled with space-saving and multi-purpose furnishings
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Spanish architectural firm Elii has recently transformed a tiny apartment in Madrid into a smart home filled with space-saving and multi-purpose furnishings
The tiny home has been designed for one to two occupants and is organized around an L-shaped living unit
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The tiny home has been designed for one to two occupants and is organized around an L-shaped living unit
The entrance area is filled with floor-to-ceiling mirrored cupboards
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The entrance area is filled with floor-to-ceiling mirrored cupboards
Mirrored entrance of the Yojigen Poketto home
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Mirrored entrance of the Yojigen Poketto home
Yojigen Poketto home is a mere 33.6 sq m (361.66 sq ft) in size and is full of hidden storage spaces and handy surprises
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Yojigen Poketto home is a mere 33.6 sq m (361.66 sq ft) in size and is full of hidden storage spaces and handy surprises
 The wet zones, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, cupboards and storage spaces are all built into this single unit
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 The wet zones, kitchen, laundry, bathroom, cupboards and storage spaces are all built into this single unit
This single core unit allows room for an open central living space
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This single core unit allows room for an open central living space
The bathroom is smartly tucked away at the back of the unit
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The bathroom is smartly tucked away at the back of the unit
The bathroom features a shower over a bath tub, toilet, basin and mirror and storage cupboard
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The bathroom features a shower over a bath tub, toilet, basin and mirror and storage cupboard
Some time out relaxing in the private and hidden bath tub
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Some time out relaxing in the private and hidden bath tub
The bathroom is large and filled with all the essentials
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The bathroom is large and filled with all the essentials
 The living zone can be used for several purposes, such as dining, entertaining, studying or relaxing
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 The living zone can be used for several purposes, such as dining, entertaining, studying or relaxing
Due to its open design, the home has the impression of being larger and roomier than it actually is.
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Due to its open design, the home has the impression of being larger and roomier than it actually is.
 The elevated bedroom area is accessible via three steps that can be used as seating
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 The elevated bedroom area is accessible via three steps that can be used as seating
The core service station is designed over two distinct levels, creating an elevated sleeping zone and a hidden bathroom area
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The core service station is designed over two distinct levels, creating an elevated sleeping zone and a hidden bathroom area
Three steps leading to the bedroom hide an abundance of storage space 
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Three steps leading to the bedroom hide an abundance of storage space 
The Yojigen Poketto home is filled with hidden storage cabinets
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The Yojigen Poketto home is filled with hidden storage cabinets
A day in the Yojigen Poketto home
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A day in the Yojigen Poketto home
Floor plan of Yojigen Poketto home by Elii architects
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Floor plan of Yojigen Poketto home by Elii architects
Floor plan of Yojigen Poketto home by Elii architects
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Floor plan of Yojigen Poketto home by Elii architects
Floor plan of Yojigen Poketto home by Elii architects
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Floor plan of Yojigen Poketto home by Elii architects

Spanisharchitectural firm Elii has recently transformed a tiny apartment inMadrid into a smart home filled with space-saving and multi-purposefurnishings. Getting its name from a Japanese manga series, the Yojigen Poketto home is a mere 33.6 sq m (361.7 sq ft) in size, but is full of hiddenstorage spaces and handy surprises.

"The'Yojigen Poketto' literally means '4D Pocket'," Elii architects tells New Atlas. "It is the pocket ofanime character Doraemon, from where he pulls amazing items from thefuture. We like to thinkthis space is full of openings and traps as a 'Yojigen Poketto'for the users of this space."

Thetiny home has been designed for one to two occupants and is organizedaround an L-shaped living unit. The wet zones, kitchen, laundry,bathroom, cupboards and storage spaces are all built into this singleunit, which gives room for an open central living space. The livingzone can be used for several purposes, such as dining, entertaining,studying or relaxing, and due to its open design, the home has theimpression of being larger and roomier than it actually is.

The tiny home has been designed for one to two occupants and is organized around an L-shaped living unit
The tiny home has been designed for one to two occupants and is organized around an L-shaped living unit

Inaddition, this core service station is designed over two distinctlevels, creating an elevated sleeping zone and a hidden bathroomarea. The bedroom can be closed off with a sliding curtain for a cozyand private atmosphere, while the bathroom that features a shower over a bath tub, toilet, basin and mirror and storage cupboard, is smartly tucked away atthe back of the unit. The elevated bedroom area isaccessible via three steps that can be used as seating and alsohide an abundance of storage space underneath.

The bathroom is smartly tucked away at the back of the unit
The bathroom is smartly tucked away at the back of the unit

"Thetwo elevations not only allow different atmospheres to be arranged,but also integrate additional functions in the house, such as a deepbathtub in the bathroom, a storage area under the bed, thusoptimizing every cubic meter of the house," says Elii. "Secrettrapdoors extend the storage space in the overhead areas. A portablestepladder/furniture item is used to overcome the difference inelevation, add storage spaces and double as small grandstands in theliving room."

 The living zone can be used for several purposes, such as dining, entertaining, studying or relaxing
 The living zone can be used for several purposes, such as dining, entertaining, studying or relaxing

Thehome also features a wall kitchen complete with a sink, oven, cooktop, hidden fridge, and bench area that also pops out and can betransformed into a dining table, work station or coffee table. Thereis also a hidden European laundry and a separated entrance area filledwith floor-to-ceiling mirrored cupboards.

"Thiswork is one of a series of projects of transformable domesticspaces," says Elii. "Theinside of the household is configured as a small 'domestic theater'where every day is enjoyed within a different stage.We believe these proposals are interesting not only because they savespace, but also because they increase the potentiality of theinhabitants' experience."

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Inaddition to transforming small spaces into comfortable livingsolutions, Elii architectural firm is currently working on a childcare building in Madrid and has just completed a project called 'TheGhosts of Susie Sierra" for an exhibition called 'The Voices ofGPS" that is open in CentroCentro Cibeles (Madrid) until the 20th of May.

Source: Elii, ImagenSubliminal via Contemporist

2 comments
Erwinecosmart
O.K.. It is Euro in Style so we way over here would find it too minimalistic. Plus there is no dining room table that pops out and no stools. The photos show little about comfort, and people just "stairing" with and at each other... But some good ideas there...
Nik
Stairs collect dust, drawers in stairs will catch the dust. Paint or plastic finishes are not a durable surfaces, so the stair treads will soon look tatty. The high level cabinets could prove inconvenient, even with the rolling stair units, especially if they decided to roll while reaching for stuff! The bed unit next to the cooking area means that the bedding will absorb the cooking smells. So, you can go to bed, and smell the aromas of stale onions, garlic, or maybe cabbage. etc. Also the bed is in full view through the kitchen windows, which the curtain does nothing to alleviate, so, lots of light early in the morning in summer. when trying to sleep. The colour scheme may appeal to someone, I suppose, but rather too much of the same. Hiding the fridge? Why? Having to open and close two doors to get food, could prove irritating, especially with your hands full. I'm sure it will appeal to some people, but not me. Thank you.