We've published plenty of creative solutions for small spaces, but this tiny Milan apartment takes the cake. Designed by an architect, this little apartment manages to pack a lot of living into a mere 160 square feet — and the centerpiece of it all is a kitchen that actually folds away when not in use.
The design, by Italian architect Silvana Citterio, takes advantage of the apartment's high ceiling height with a platform, about one meter in height, that serves as the driving force for the rest of the plan. The main level includes a quite generous kitchen, and up above, on the platform, are a dining table and a bed that serves as a couch during the day. What's especially clever about this design is the panels that fold down when the kitchen is not in use, concealing the workspace and adding an extra few feet to the living space above. The steps up to the platform have storage drawers underneath, because in this apartment not a bit of space gets wasted.
The closet can be accessed through a little hatch in the platform. (We're guessing the shelves serve as a sort of ladder — or maybe you just lift your stuff out from the top?) A wall mounted shelf above the bed is a clever alternative to a nightstand.
These images were originally published in Casaviva magazine; you can read more about the apartment at Boiserie & C.. If Silvana's apartment looks a bit familiar, it's because she was also featured in our 2013 Small Cool Contest: you can see her entry here.
via Life Edited