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Studio apartment challenges

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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Password? Studio! No, we're not trying to get into a secret party where we need a secret code. We have simply noted that in recent years living spaces in the city have been greatly reduced. The increased demand for housing and the inability to build continuously on the outskirts of cities, which often become cities in their own right without planning or logical design, is bringing modern architecture to revise and rethink living spaces. In the center of the city, studios are becoming more common, often used by singles or young couples.

Rooms are also becoming smaller, including vital spaces such as the bathroom and the kitchen. Architects and interior designers must  therefore sharpen their wits and apply all their skill to be able to create an extremely functional, and at the same time warm and welcoming space. Today we want to show three small space challenges where the result is perfectly successful. These examples occur in a few square meters, all that is necessary for modern life, without renouncing to a certain style and taste.

The first challenge: 33 square metres

 Living room by MIROarchitetti

la zona giorno


The first challenge takes place in Bologna, in a home of just 33 square metres. There are only 3 rooms, including a kitchen that doubles as a living room (pictured), a bedroom and a bathroom. The pictured room is small, but definitely comfortable, where the decorations reveal the passions of the young couple living every day in this house. Even a few inches can make a difference, so we see that the heaters are built into the wall, a choice seemingly simple, but crucial to save space. The choice of materials, then, enhances the look of these cozy rooms with tiled floors and its pinkish color.

 Corridor & hallway by MIROarchitetti

la libreria passante


We move into the corridor that becomes the transition from living room to bedroom, two zones that are attached, as previously seen. The kitchen we see at the back, but the aspect that we want to dwell on is the use of this corridor space for the library: a great way to save space. This is a project carried out by Italian firm MIRO Architetti.

The second challenge: 28 square metres

The second challenge comes to us from Madrid in this tiny loft. This test is  even more challenging as the area is only 28 square metres. In relation to this, the project develops a concept that uses another spatial element: height. This architectural experiment is very successful. In a small space you have everything you need. The kitchen, on the left, has a very compact structure. The other important element that characterizes the loft is its stairs: simple in form, they also become a partition between the kitchen and the front door.

The concept of a vertical home fundamentally changes anything we're used to. The wardrobe and other storage spaces have been moved up, but are still easy to access, as well as the comfortable double bed. In a studio like this, the colors may be helpful: The choice here is clear, with shades of white and wood.

The third challenge: 28 square metres

Claustrophobia? Not at all. The same designer has designed another house of only 28 sqm. Here the concept is similar to the previous one, but not identical. The studio is divided by an imaginary line that separates the different features. In this more rigorous scheme, the design of the house takes advantage of the 2.75-metre-high ceilings.

The lower level houses the living area, kitchen, study room and bathroom, while upstairs there is the master bedroom, closet and dressing room. Pocket doors allow you to live in a flexible and functional space. This is a studio that hides many clever storage spaces that are not visible to unsuspecting guests.

Which studio do you like the best? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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