To fit a lot of things into a little space, sometimes you have to get creative. For a San Francisco loft apartment that's only 500 square feet, architects Charles Irby and Peter Suen came up with an innovative solution — a transforming module that incorporates a lofted bedroom, a dining room, workspace, guest room, and plenty of storage, all into one compact cube.
The top part of the cube is a loft bed, acessed via a ladder (with handrails to make those midnight trips to the bathroom a little less terrifying). The space below is especially hardworking, and includes a stand-up desk, a dining table that folds out from the wall, and a Murphy bed for overnight guests. The Murphy bed folds up to reveal a wipeboard underneath.
The end of the cube serves as a closet, with sliding panels that can be moved to hide the clothes storage when it's not in use. It's all very compact and very, very efficient — the perfect solution for a small space.
Read more about the project, and see more photos, at Design Milk.