Wow and wow. This small studio apartment in Wroclaw, Poland is barely over 300 square feet yet possesses an openness that is enviable considering the limited space. Redesigned by architecture studio 3XA of the same city, this small modern dream home encourages us to rethink how much room we actually need to thrive.
A combined living room and kitchen is cheerful, with plenty of natural light popping through the large windows and sheer, flowing drapes. The mostly white kitchen features double-stacked upper cabinetry, creating the impression of added ceiling height. A rich black accent wall is downright mesmerizing–who says you must paint tiny spaces light colors?!
The Loft Space by Craft Design of London stuns with an ultimate simplicity of one primary design element: a single, centralized structure which manages to induce function, distinctive spaces and interest all at once. Situated in Camden, one of the priorities design team Hugo D’Enjoy and Armando Elias took into consideration for this renovated modern dream home was to maximize the compact urban space so typical to the London lifestyle.
With just under 603 square feet, this two-level residence engages natural light through windows and skylights, while walls are kept stark white and flooring a pale wood to further open up the floorplan. Interiors are warm and inviting, dotted with colorful decor which bursts against the neutral palette while adding doses of personality.
A true collaborative effort by Design Development NYC, architecture firm wUNDERground and Damon Liss Design, the Eco-Friendly Meatpacking District Loft is a 3,600 square foot space which has been entirely transformed from two separate lofts sitting one floor apart. Now a two-level modern dream home, this duplex provides plentiful space, bright light and functionality for the young family of five living there.
Downstairs, the main living area encompasses a shared living room and dining room, playroom and sizable eat-in kitchen. Upstairs the master suite, children’s bedrooms, workspace and laundry room can be found.
An abandoned industrial bakery, the Kempart Loft in Liege, Belgium was transformed by Dethier Architectures into an ultra-modern dream home doused in severe futuristic style.
Inspired by the clients’ affinity towards precision engineering, the design team worked to create the approximately 1,660 square-foot modular space which is primarily one open area, though divided into zones by metal corrugations stemming from the pitched roof. A centralized, podlike structure resembling an iconic Airstream trailer rests in the middle of the stark space, acting as an aerodynamic container for two bathrooms, storage and the heating/ventilation systems, as well as the flat-screen television. Doors in this unit can fold open or slide shut to induce an intensely streamlined aesthetic. Abundant uplighting throughout aids an airy sense of the space.
Interiors are virtually monochromatic in grey and white, while the gleaming brushed aluminum contributes a sleek effect to the radically minimalist home. One bathroom bursts in lime green, while the other buzzes with tangerine walls and accents. Each has a portal-type window, allowing these vivid hues to glow from within, creating pops of color to the otherwise muted living areas.
The bedroom resides in the north sector of the loft while the lounge rests at the south. This living room consists of custom-made sectional seating which was intentionally positioned so when relaxing, the residents could have sight-lines of the neighborhood street at one end and the rooftop terrace via the other. The spacious, connected kitchen is sheathed in white and stainless steel, yet surprises with bright red chairs at the dining table. A wall panel with LED read-out further adds a space-age vibe.
Unexpected is the expansive garden roof terrace, which is nearly twice the size of the interior living plan. This contrasting space engages the more organic elements of the outdoors with wood decking, brickwork and potted greenery
The Kempart Loft is a boldly reinterpreted dream loft which takes extreme minimalistic design to its outermost realms.
Situated in the much sought-after Meatpacking District of Manhattan, Leone Design Studio of Brooklyn was faced with the task of creating a family-friendly modern dream home derived from a challenging floorplan.
The clients who are both in the fashion industry, were seeking interiors with a modern vibe which were conducive to both entertaining and comfortable living with their two young boys. The result: The Meatpacking Loft, a sleek, airy space with warm wood elements including contemporary storage collections of bespoke millwork. The renovation encompassed a vast area including living room, dining room, kitchen, den, master suite, children’s bedroom, bathroom and den.
The living area is a light-filled space bathed in soothing hues of cream, beige and brown, including the pale wood flooring throughout. Windows are plentiful, typically a rarity in Manhattan spaces, but this particular dwelling possess sunny exposure which contributes to the open feel of the room. The wall of custom built-ins spans the height of the ceiling and blends well with the design. It features an interesting and compact fireplace within the lower level of the woodwork. Incredible exposed rustic ceiling beams, likely from the original structure, as well as new dark wood columns, create a striking visual division between the living room and dining area.
A round dining table relaxes the space which leads to a geometric central wall and breakfast bar overlooking the main kitchen area. The grey, wood-grain cabinetry is seamless with the wall space and features an alcove housing a stainless commercial stove. White marble countertops add light to the space, as does the recessed uplighting between the wood trim and white walls.
Yet another bonus to the quintessential Manhattan apartment is a den. In this amazing home, the office is lounge-like with a contemporary sofa, chairs and coffee table. Desk and cabinets were cleverly built in to maximize square footage, while a bright red chair surprises in this otherwise neutral work-live zone
The children’s bedroom is reached by a brief flight of cantilevered stairs. It follows the minimalism aesthetic of the rest of the house yet manages to induce a cozy vibe where the boys can play and have fun. Painted white “game trophies” adorn one wall, while the other is clad in preppy plaid which contrasts the contemporary modular bunk beds and desk well. Cherry red seating pops, as does an opaque white globe lighting fixture, both creating fresh whimsy.
The master bedroom carries the muted greys of the rest of the home with contemporary furnishings and smooth white customized wall units which forge a striking accent. The bath is sheathed in natural grey stone and clean white vanities bringing forth a spa-like essence.
The Meatpacking Loft by Leone Design Studio exemplifies the modern urban dream home that so many live to covet.
Ah, Manhattan, the coveted Big Apple–full of small spaces. One such tiny apartment is the Manhattan Micro Loft, a 425 square foot, three level penthouse which recently underwent an award-winning renovation by Specht Harpman Architects. The once dull, heartless dwelling atop a six-story building on the exclusive Upper West Side was totally gutted and is now a modern dream apartment filled with abundant natural light and generous livable space.
The vertical residence was transformed into more of a two-story loft space with “living platforms” and unique interior access to the rooftop garden–a decadent element in New York City.
Although the overall living area was limited, the 25-foot ceilings of the first floor allowed for inventiveness in designing the multi-level, contemporary apartment. Beginning on the first floor, a sleek white-on-white kitchen is pristine and appears larger than it actually is with open shelving, expanded countertops and a glazed backsplash. This enhanced space opens to the double-height living room, which is reached by ascending a couple of steps.
Dark wood floors offset pure white paneling including the dual-level painted brick accent wall which brings an elegant texture to the room. A sectional sofa in pale grey rests upon a creamy-hued shag rug, which further lends keen contrast to this newly spacious area.
The staircase of rich wood and linear cable wire supports seems to float, becoming both an object of beauty and function. Storage–a rarity in any Manhattan apartment–is cleverly disguised in what seems like endless cabinets and drawers tucked away beneath the stairs. According to the designers, this was a reference to kaidan-dansu, a Japanese design tradition. Also hidden in a small corner underneath the staircase is the minimalist bathroom with large glass tiles and a hovering vanity which immediately lighten the compact space.
By taking what was originally a mere landing on the second level and outfitting it with a cantilevered built-in bed, that space is now an innovative extension, gracefully suspended over a portion of the downstairs living room. This two-story bedroom features a structural wall of windows, both fixed and opening, which cascades copious natural light into the cozy space. A secondary staircase of the same sophisticated design as the first, leads to the rooftop which is accessed through a steel-framed glass door.
This Manhattan “Micro” Loft is anything but. The team of Specht Architects was ingenious with their enviable design of a modern dream apartment in a sought-after Manhattan location.
The task of a contemporary urban designer is not quite simple: create a stunning dwelling with maximum function in a minimal space. Shift Architecture + Urbanism, of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, accomplished this with their Vertical Loft. Located in the city, this pre-war townhouse was part of many buildings which have been renovated on the exterior and left empty on the interior, allowing young, imaginative dwellers to dream up their ideal home.
The Vertical Loft boasts a stand-out modern design: three floors, zero walls, one space. Interestingly, the architects created a single modular system–a 10 x 9 meter bookshelf– which ascends from the ground to top floor of this three-story structure, linking all levels, and replacing a typical load-bearing wall. This sleek walnut-toned unit consists of kitchen appliances upwards to a wardrobe, the bedrooms and walk-in closet. It is flanked by two sets of steel staircases, which can almost be perceived as levitating. Brimming bookshelves occupy all floors of this innovative element, epitomizing the dream home concept for the most discerning bibliophile.