This project involved the radical transformation of a tiny, awkward apartment at the top of a six-story building. With only 425 square feet (39.5 square meters) of floor area, but a ceiling height of over 24 feet (7.3 meters), the new design exploits the inherent sectional possibilities, and creates a flowing interior landscape that dissolves the notion of distinct “rooms.”
The architectural strategy creates four “living platforms” that accommodate everything necessary, while still allowing the apartment to feel open and bright. The spaces are interleaved, with a cantilevered bed that hovers out over the main living space, an ultra-compact bath tucked beneath the stair, and a roof garden with glazing that allows light to cascade through the space.
Every inch is put to use, with stairs featuring built-in storage units below, similar to Japanese kaidan dansu. The apartment is crafted like a piece of furniture, with hidden and transforming spaces for things and people.Location: New York, USA Architect: Specht Harpman Architects Project category: Residential Renovation
Project size: 425 sq. ft.
Completion date: 2012