London, Tokyo, New York – they all share one common issue: space comes at a premium price, with many small apartments snubbed for being too tiny, too crowded or simply shaped weirdly.
This apartment in Manhattan is no exemption to that, with its seemingly weird layout, randomly placed staircases and a high ceiling.
Or was, rather, because when Specht Harpman Architects took over and conducted a drastic overhaul, the days of minimum space were over, making way for one a micro loft we imagine makes some of the owner’s neighbors just that little bit jealous.
Measuring just 425 square feet, or 39.5 square meters – that’s about the same space you’d get from one and a half standard 40 foot shipping containers – the apartment definitely feels a lot bigger than it is.
Some of it stems from the flat’s height; the ceiling rises 24 feet (7.32 meters high).
And, as they (probably, but maybe don’t quote us on this) already said in the Roman Empire, if you can’t build it wide, build it high.
Built over different levels, the Micro-Loft cleverly exploits the apartment’s unusually high ceiling to create distinct rooms and a flowing interior landscape.
Four living platforms accommodate everything, from the kitchen to the bedroom, but without making the apartment feel crowded or dark.
The bed partially hovers over the living space, the bath is ultra-compact so as to fit under the stairs and the kitchen worktop embraces an awkwardly placed pillar, putting every inch to use.
And climbing up, a small surprise reveals itself: a fully-glazed roof terrace, not just letting in plenty of light but offering a small respite from hectic city life at the same time.