Architect Lidija Dragisic of Studio 360 introduced sculptural custom built-in shelves and minimalist furniture to this 1,000-square-foot apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia. "The goal is to make small areas look and feel big, and to be as useful as much bigger spaces are," she explains.
Architect José Andrade Rocha recognized the beauty hidden beneath generations of unflattering renovations at this tiny 592-square-foot apartment in Lisbon. Space-saving sliding doors partition the flat, while white interiors make it feel more spacious. “Using white allowed me to lighten up small interior spaces and at the same time respect the original colors of the carpentry and stucco work,” Rocha says.
At a Scandinavian-inspired 1930s apartment in Barcelona, chromatic mosaic tile coexists alongside sparse plywood furnishings and sliding doors. The result is a surprisingly harmonious blend of minimal and historic. "The color choice relied on intuition," says the architect. "Wood was the perfect material, and great way to bridge old and new. It's traditional and really Nordic."
On a lot barely wider than a big rig, architect Katsutoshi Sasaki carved out a light-filled family home. Sasaki focused on creating flexible and overlapping environments so the home could evolve with its occupants' needs.
In order to rescue a dingy 800-square-foot apartment in a prime location in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, local firm StudioLAB opened the plan and brightened the surfaces. Today the minimal, multi-level home radiates artificial and natural light.