This compact penthouse apartment was beautifully reconfigured for a couple and their daughter by architect Marcos Mar, located in Barcelona, Spain. The flat is comprised of only 721 square feet (67 square meters), yet the clever layout makes this small home feel very spacious. The interior spaces feature an open concept living room, dining room with seating for ten, kitchen, home office, two bedrooms and a terrace. The homeowners love to cook, so the distribution is perfect for the family to invite friends over to gather around the table. The walls form a visual separation between the public and private spaces of the home. The living room offers plenty of space to enjoy reading, with plenty of storage and shelving for books and accessories. In the bedroom area there is workspace for two people with high cabinets and a fixed glass partition in the middle for natural light to filter through. Sliding doors doors close off the spaces without loosing square footage, while tilt windows allow natural ventilation without taking up space. The master bedroom is at one end of the apartment, which has a large closet. The little girl’s room is furnished with a bunk bed, a wardrobe and a desk. The architect designed a clever contraption to divide the floor. On the side of the living area is a bookcase, in the bedroom a desk area with high cabinets. The sliding door can “break” the table into two parts, leaving part in the study area and one in the child’s bedroom.
Despite minimal dimensions the two bedrooms offer a great deal of functionality. The master bedroom features a floor-to-ceiling closet, with sliding door, it turns into a full wardrobe. The headboard behind the bed has integrated nightstands. The children’s bedroom has a bunk bed, which on the lower bunk has lots of pillows designed to be a cozy sofa space, this offers more play space, but will unfold into a double bed when needed. The end result is a charming home full of natural light and clever, functional spaces that cater to the family’s lifestyle. We just love this smart apartment configuration, it feels so spacious with such limited square footage. What do you think of this clever design?
Have a look at some other fabulous home tours we have presented in the past here on 1 Kindesign featuring clever small space configurations:
Photos: El Mueble
This dramatic black and white inspired row house was designed by Lukas Machnik Interior Design, located in Bucktown, a trendy neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. This luxuriously designed home was designed to cater to the lifestyle of its owners, showcasing clean lines and pure forms. The designer brought minimalism, modern and Bauhaus influences to this sensationally designed home. The living room features soaring 28 foot high walls that required large scale art work to create a dramatic statement piece. The designer contracted artist Lonney White to create the intricately detailed massive art installation of 24 feet in height, consisting of interlocking components to make it easier to integrate into the space. Expansive windows throughout the residence bathes the spaces in natural light. When working on a project, the designer also likes to incorporate his own personal art, furnishings and decor items, playing the role of curator to his clientele.
Sleek designer furnishings encompass this three-story residence, with dark hardwood flooring throughout most of the interiors anchored by textural area rugs to add a touch of softness and warmth. An outdoor terrace allows the homeowners a private oasis in the heart of the city for entertaining friends and family or just spending some personal time relaxing and getting some fresh air. What do you think of this renovation, could you live in a black and white space?
Do you get inspired by row houses? Have a look at some past features here on 1 Kindesign to get some cool ideas for your next design project… or just some visual eye candy: Gorgeous rowhouse renovation in Boston: Atrium House and Prospect Heights Row House gets stunning budget transformation.
Photos: Courtesy of Lukas Machnik Interior Design
This bright and airy minimalist penthouse attic was completed by interior designer Katty Schiebeck, located in Sant Gervasi, a district in Barcelona, Spain. Comprised of 861 square feet (80 square meters) of living space, the design team was looking to maximize the terrace space to take advantage of the surrounding privileged views. The terrace was at the core of the design, bringing in light through glass windows and a sliding patio doorway. It is an extension of the hallway and the home office, featuring inviting and cozy furnishings, since the weather in Barcelona allows homeowner’s to use the outdoor space for most of the year. The interiors feature a backdrop of crisp white walls with neutral elements decorating the spaces, helping to maximize the feeling of space and luminosity.
The living room features a step up to make this small home more visually interesting and feel more spacious. The fireplace wall is the focal point to the room, featuring a small built-in seating nook on one side and a firewood niche on the other. A black and white painting on the wall gives character to the space, while a fur area rug adds texture and warmth to the wide wood plank flooring. What do you think of this compact penthouse, are you into minimalist living?
We have featured plenty of penthouses here on 1 Kindesign, so if you are looking for more wonderful inspiration, you have come to the right place. Have a look at some other great features with a modernized styling: Trendy glamor showcased in penthouse loft in DUMBO and Open and Transparent Penthouse Design in Tel Aviv.
Photos: Courtesy of Katty Schiebeck
This contemporary loft was designed by talented homeowner Jayanti Lal, with styling by designer Stéphane Chamard, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The hard loft is infused with a youthful style statement with fashionable interiors that includes a dramatic black kitchen to a walk-in closet that comes complete with a swing chair. The designer was inspired by her brother’s New York loft, so she was looking for a pad that has exposed brick, cement and levels for visual interest. The designer wanted a large walk-in closet that was open where she could do her makeup and have a swing chair that she states is “every girls dream.” She wanted a cool coat rack, so a free-floating rack was custom designed for the space, one of the first pieces that was added to the renovation. The designer hired Stéphane to help with the accent wall in the home office, who created a white accent wall to showcase a collection of black and white framed photos. An important element to the design was to incorporate lighting into the space. The designer did not want basic pot lighting, instead opting for feature lighting that would create dramatic statements and highlight certain pieces within the home. All the furnishings are low, including the bedroom and living room pieces. Not only is that in keeping with her style, but she also wanted guests to feel cozy in the space and encourage seating on the floor, which is accented by a nicely textured area rug. Inherited pieces of Indian art from the homeowner’s culture is dotted throughout.
What do you think of this cool loft space, could you live here? What is your favorite feature? Let us know in the comments section below! If you are looking for more inspiring home tours, we have featured plenty here on 1 Kindesign, take a look at some others in the Toronto area: Historic warehouse loft conversion on Market, Modern loft creates trendy vibe in downtown Toronto and Modern loft space offers a slick bachelor pad in Toronto.
The kitchen was designed in black and white with an opening in the space to draw in the light. Open shelves were incorporated into the design to display small treasures. Storage was created from floor to ceiling since the space was not that large. A feature on the chalkboard wall was rendered by a close friend, however the designer stated that may change in a couple of months to give a new look to the space that is continually evolving.
Photos: Lisa Petrole Photography
This 17th century country residence was renovated and historically preserved for a family with a passion for art and design by Visionnaire, located in Bologna, Italy. Rolling hills covered with cypress trees surrounds the ancient villa, an imposing structure that features classical lines. The three-story home had been abandoned and neglected for years and was in need of new life being infused back into it. The home is that is designer Eleonora Cavalli, creative director of Visionnaire, the Bologna-based company that since 1959 creates furnishings and beautiful design. Generous outdoor spaces offers plenty of area for entertaining family and friends, with a garden sofa and chairs designed by Visionnaire. Inside, an open plan living room and kitchen features darker wood beams on the ceiling that contrasts nicely with the lighter wood plank flooring that travels throughout the interiors. All furnishings are the exclusive design of Visionnaire. The walls are hunts with works of famous artists, decor features sculptures and artists’ proofs. A bevelled edge glass bookcase houses the homeowner’s extensive book collection, which is overflowed into the basement. The basement is an inmate space that not only offers bookcases but more of the owner’s art collection and the perfect space to accommodate overnight guests.
A staircase leads to the upper levels, which showcases a preserved wall of brick to emphasize the structure’s past. The sunlit bedrooms on the upper level are filled with Visionnaire furnishings. Bathrooms feature colorful mosaic tiles. The finished result is a perfect blend of rustic and luxurious, classic and modern… simply fantastic! What do you think?
We have featured many Italian countryside villas here on 1 Kindesign, take a peek: Italian dream villa reminiscent of a knight’s castle and Picturesque dwelling in the Italian countryside.
Photos: Courtesy of Visionnaire
This incredible industrial style loft in downtown New York showcases enviable views of the Hudson River, the former apartment of actress Kirsten Dunst. The actress had purchased the 7,211 square foot (670 square meters), two bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom SoHo penthouse apartment back in 2007 for $3.09 million. The loft is situated in one of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan, and underwent a complete gut renovation right after the actress acquired the home. The loft also features a spacious living room and stylish kitchen, which have been furnished with the finest blend of modern and vintage pieces, creating an industrial-chic style that is very characteristic of the neighborhood. Upon entrance to the loft, you will notice a spacious library and sitting area with a separate powder room. This leads to an open plan living area, encompassing a kitchen, dining room and lounge area. The kitchen has been updated with marble countertops and Wolf and SubZero appliances and the adjacent dining room seats eight guests comfortably. Expansive, southwest facing windows allows natural light to bathe the spaces throughout the day. The bright and airy master bedroom retreat features an antique style king-sized bed and an adjoining bathroom with a large vintage clawfoot foot tub, separate shower and heated towel holder on a beautiful custom mosaic tiled floor. Additional features of the penthouse loft includes soaring 11 foot high ceilings, custom wide planked wood flooring, and a state-of-the-art security system. The best part about this amazing apartment is that it is now currently being offered for rent. This space can be all yours for the asking price of $12,500 per month, spotted on Douglas Elliman!
We definately would not mind spending a year or more in this A-lister penthouse with awesome views and killer location. How about you, could you find yourself living in this sweet pad?
Have a look at some other great features here on 1 Kindesign in the swanky SoHo area: SoHo loft gets an inspiring new look and Ultimate contemporary SoHo loft with exquisite details
This converted printing house was transformed into a New American Style by interior designer Scott Sanders, located in the West Village of New York. The home features a perfect and sophisticated blend of traditional and contemporary styling, informally elegant and fun, customized to fit the client’s lifestyle. The designer’s ‘New American Style’ is based on the new style of the city of New York, a minimalist box that is dressed in white and influenced by social and environmental connections of the century. Art is a major element that is expressed throughout the interiors, making the spaces feel comfortable with classic design and contemporary spaces stimulated. A mix of iconic and traditional pieces decorates the home, showcasing clean lines, innovative contemporary art and ingenious furniture elements. Soaring ceilings and spacious interiors are defined by bright accented walls and bold accents. What is your favorite feature of this stylish conversion project? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, we love hearing your feedback!
We have featured plenty of unique conversions in the New York area here on 1 Kindesign, in case you missed them, take a peek at some yummy eye candy here: Ingenious design update to a Brooklyn Heights loft conversion and Lower East Side townhouse conversion in New York.
Photos: Casas AD
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