When recasting a 1,000-square-foot apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia, architect Lidija Dragisic used built-ins, minimalist furniture, and a detailed lighting plan to both maximize space and enhance it.
Transatlantic designers Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski and Becky Nix have lived in their fair share of small spaces. So when they purchased a loft in Warsaw, where they spend half of their time, the two of them applied lessons they had already learned. Aside from a single BoConcept sofa, the couple designed every piece of furniture in the apartment, including rolling shelves, numerous built-in cabinets, and a pull-out bed, all of which maximize limited space.
In architect Felippe Crescenti's Rio de Janeiro apartment, an open-plan living room—and its accompanying view of a tropical garden—makes the space feel more open than it actually is.
For 15 years, metalworker Simone ten Hompel tried to make the best of living in her poorly insulated, 398-square-foot London flat. Eventually she caved and hired a team of architects that opted to remove all of the apartment's internal walls and knock through the ceiling. This led to a new mezzanine bedroom, an additonal 178 square feet of floor space, a living room with 16.4 foot ceilings, and a fully retractable mechanical skylight. “Our focus was on maximizing the spatial experience rather than the floor space,” said lead architect Silvia Ullmayer. “It was about making one space that feels really generous and can be subdivided into smaller spaces.”
The historic Plaka neighborhood in Athens, located at the foot of the Acropolis, isn't exactly a hotbed for modern architecture. So when a couple wanted to redesign their pied-à-terre that rests within this cradle of classicism, they had to face the stringent oversight of the city's archaeology department. Architect Konstantinos Karampatakis maintained the apartment's original high ceilings, tall windows, and thick walls, adding contemporary details such as a sliding partition that clearly distinguishes the living room and dining room.
When graphic designers Cathryn Barmon and Mark Deutsch bought their West Village apartment as a real estate investment, they initially thought they had been duped. But after an extensive renovation process, they are now sitting on a gold mine—though they don't seem to want to leave any time soon. One of the central features of the overhaul was sanding the floor and painting it a deep matte black, which made the apartment feel much bigger than its 600 square feet.