“Every inch was critical,” Maayan Zusman says, explaining why she and collaborators Amir Navon of 6b Studio and Moran Ben Ami didn’t put up a single interior wall in the Tel Aviv flat they renovated last year. Within its paltry 592 square feet, they hoped to fit two bedrooms, one bathroom, a guest toilet and an open balcony—a seemingly impossible feat. They accomplished it by smartly partitioning space with custom cabinets and glass dividers that lend the apartment an airy, open feel.
Johanna Molineus doesn’t initially come across as the poster girl for rule-breaking. But the Washington, D.C.–born architect’s 678-square-foot central London apartment is a testament to how bending, breaking, and even burning the rule book is sometimes the best way to create a remarkable home.
Just because you start having kids doesn’t mean you have to pack up for the suburbs. For proof, look to this recent apartment renovation in Melbourne’s central business district by Clare Cousins Architects. The firm smartly (and inexpensively) reimagined an 800-square-foot apartment to provide more than enough space for a young couple expecting their first child.
With clever storage under the stairs and a retractable skylight, this London apartment feels considerably larger than its 576 square feet.
Sometimes great potential hides beneath a home’s previous unflattering renovations. That was the case with the early-20th-century flat in the historic Lisbon neighbourhood of Mouraria that José Andrade Rocha recently remodeled. “It had lost its soul over the years,” the architect explains. He brought the 592-square-foot apartment back to life by restoring its original materials, strengthening its relationship with the street, and defining its public and private spaces.