All month long we've been sharing and celebrating families living (and living well) in small spaces. Most of the spaces featured families who smartly organized and arranged small rooms and homes without making drastic and permanent changes, but I'm also inspired by bigger (and more expensive) projects that totally re-imagine a space and transform it into something unique.We don't all have the means to hire architects and designers to work in our homes and many of us small-space dweller are renters anyway, but I feel a rush of possibility looking at how professionals approach small space conundrums and the elegant solutions they create. Here are three such projects that really float my design boat:
• In Japan a family of six living in a 770 square foot home could only go vertical to create more usable space. Miha Design built two box-like structures within the home, each with space above them accessible by small stairs, essentially creating a second floor with work or play space. The children's sleeping area is minimal, but partitioned for privacy. You can see more photos of this cleverly re-worked space at Miha Design.
• h2o Architectes achieved a similar space-within-a-space for a growing family in Paris. With another child on the way the family tasked the firm with creating space for both children in one room. The result is a lofted addition for the older child with space for a crib on the ground. We're especially fans of the little nooks and crannies which are useful for storage and play. You can check this project out at h2o Architects and also read more at Dezeen.
• While the space that Campos Leckie Studio worked on for a family in Vancouver isn't particularly small by Ohdeedoh standards (around 2,000 square feet) the loft space shares some of the same issues as smaller homes; namely sharing and dividing space. Campos Leckie Studio's design allows the family to enjoy the benefits of their open, airy loft during the day while still providing privacy and optimum sleeping conditions at night with the use of sliding partition walls which create separate sleeping areas for each family member. Visit Campos Leckie Studio to learn more about this Crosstown Loft and also see their guest post at 2Modern.
(Images: 1&2: Miha Design, 3&4 h2o Architects, 5&6 Campos Leckie Studio)