Compact Inner-city Homes

Lidia Boniwell

2020-05-13 11:58:56


When you hear the phrase ‘good things come in small packages’, you don’t often think of applying that to the spaces we live in. But the phrase can readily be applied to these six examples of compact inner-city homes with efficient footprints and clever storage solutions that don’t compromise the home’s overall aesthetic. These six pint-sized projects are a testament to thoughtful and uncompromising design enhancing quality of life.

Loft Houses by Brad Swartz Architects

Sydney Architect Brad Swartz has made it his mission to design compact inner-city homes that overcome challenging spatial restrictions. In his Loft Houses project, the architect was approached by two neighbours looking to optimise unused laneway parking spaces, transforming this area into two one-bedroom places to stay.

On an economic footprint of just 35 square metres each, the Loft Houses are designed for short stays. “I try to design projects which challenge the perception of what it means to live in an apartment,” Brad Swartz said in an interview with est. “I think for a long time Australians have viewed apartment living as a compromise. But the reality is in the future (and even now) apartment living in Australia will be the norm for most people.”

The Home of Jorge Soriano Lazaro

Located in Valencia, Spain, the home of architect Jorge Soriano Lazaroand his publicist wife Fátima Ateyeh is designed around the modest square courtyard, with light infiltrating various spaces in the home. The intention was for the pool to draw the eye outside and for the greenery in the home to bring the outside in. “Light is the greatest design tool we have and is the one that helped us to develop our home,” Jorge says.

Sleek cabinetry, built-in furniture and cleverly concealed storage emphasise the home’s functionality. With concrete floors, chalky white walls and plywood as the main materials of the home, the house keeps a neutral colour palette throughout, playfully interjected by lush greenery.

Chelsea Pied-a-Terre by Stadt Architecture

Stadt Architecture have taken a client’s ideas and melded them with their expert knowledge on New York apartment living in their Chelsea Pied-a-Terre.

What this New York apartment may lack in square footage, it makes up in creative custom details and designer considerations. The bedroom can be a visual focal point from the living room and easily closed off by the glass doors. “These doors obscure visual details while still allowing natural light to filter through the apartment’s different spaces,” Stadt Architecture says.


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