Believe it or Not: This Looks-Much-Bigger Apartment Is Under 500 Square Feet

Believe it or Not: This Looks-Much-Bigger Apartment Is Under 500 Square Feet

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 21, 2017
(Image credit: Vicugo Foto for Dwell)

One of the biggest challenges when designing a small home is how to separate the space into different uses without making it feel constricted or cramped. In the case of this 431-square-foot Barcelona apartment, the designers at Egue y Seta rose to the occasion, separating the home into public and private zones with a glass-trimmed wall that hardly feels like a wall at all.

(Image credit: Vicugo Foto for Dwell)
(Image credit: Vicugo Foto for Dwell)

The process of remodeling this little apartment included tearing down all of the existing interior walls, and re-imagining the apartment as just three spaces: a combination kitchen/dining/living room, a bedroom, and a bathroom. The biggest interior wall, the one that separates the kitchen and bedroom, is formed by a wall of cabinetry, surrounded by glass. The glass allows natural light to flow through the space and extends sight lines through the whole apartment, creating a feeling of spaciousness. The glass wall is echoed in the glass doors that open the living room up to the unit's two balconies.

(Image credit: Vicugo Foto for Dwell)

In the bedroom, on the reverse side of the cabinetry wall is a built-in wardrobe, topped by plants that enhance privacy and add a bit of a natural touch. The patterned cement tile from the kitchen extends into the bedroom, as does the kitchen counter, which in the bedroom becomes a shelf that incorporates two built-in nightstands, for a clean, streamlined look. Besides the bed, the white dresser is the only piece of freestanding furniture in the bedroom.

(Image credit: Vicugo Foto for Dwell)

The consistent palette of blue, black and white gives the apartment a cohesive and calming feel, and the blue wall which wraps the entryway and then the bathroom helps to draw the eye through the space. A tiny window between the bedroom and bathroom lets natural light into the shower (although you can close the blinds for privacy, if you like). It's a charming apartment that has all the style, and all the spaciousness, of a much larger home, proof that, with a little ingenuity, even a little space can live large.

Want to see more? Check out the full tour at Dwell, and see even more photos on the architects' website.

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