The Scoop: Big Cities. Micro-Living.


As cities become more densely populated, space is at an all time premium. The latest trend in urban development is the micro-apartments, which meet your essential needs but not much more. With the micro philosophy comes the challenge of finding innovative ways to maximize the limited space. Since these are mostly studio apartments partitioning plays a key role in defining spaces. Popular ways to create a partition is with the use of furniture, curtains or sliding elements (i.e. doors, bookcases).

To further maximize space, options include hybrid spaces serving multiple functions, pull out or fold down furniture, and lofting parts of the room. Hybrid spaces might be beds placed to act as extra seating or tables/peninsulas used for studying, eating and prepping dinner. Pull out furniture could be drawers pulled out from under each stair or murphy beds or tables that fold seamlessly into the wall. Most often it is beds that are lofted, occasionally living spaces are lofted to allow for additional seating. With these micro-apartments, communal outdoor space is essential. Having these alternate spaces to get some breathing room makes living micro possible. How small of an apartment would you be willing to live in? Already living in a micro-apartment? Share with us your innovative space saving ideas. Here are a handful of micro-apartment designs that we found intriguing.

Micro-Apartment with Lofted Bed in Skeppsholmen

Micro-Apartment with Lofted Bed in Skeppsholmen


Micro-Apartment with Slatted Partition Wall

Micro-Apartment with Slatted Partition Wall


A Vibrant Micro-Apartment with Lofted Bed

A Vibrant Micro-Apartment with Lofted Bed


A Vibrant Micro-Apartment with Lofted Bed

A Vibrant Micro-Apartment with Lofted Bed


Micro-Apartment near Stockholm with a Lofted Seating Area

Micro-Apartment near Stockholm with a Lofted Seating Area


Micro-Apartment in Madrid, Spain by Architects Miguel Bernardini Asenjo and Aurelie Beriot

Micro-Apartment in Madrid, Spain by Architects Miguel Bernardini Asenjo and Aurelie Beriot


Micro-Lofts at Arcade Providence in Rhode Island

Micro-Lofts at Arcade Providence in Rhode Island


Micro-lofts at Arcade Providence in Rhode Island

Micro-Lofts at Arcade Providence in Rhode Island


East Village, NY Micro-Apartment with drawers under each stair

East Village, NY Micro-Apartment with Drawers Under Each Stair



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