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Tiny Apartment in Manhattan radically transformered

Completed by Specht Architects, Manhattan Micro Loft involved the radical transformation of a tiny apartment at the top of a six-story building. With only 425 square feet of floor area (39 m2), but a ceiling height of over 24 feet, the new design exploits the inherent sectional possibilities, and creates a flowing interior landscape that dissolves

Completed by Specht Architects, Manhattan Micro Loft involved the radical transformation of a tiny apartment at the top of a six-story building. With only 425 square feet of floor area (39 m2), but a ceiling height of over 24 feet, the new design exploits the inherent sectional possibilities, and creates a flowing interior landscape that dissolves the notion of distinct “rooms.”

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The architectural strategy creates four “living platforms” that accommodate everything necessary, while still allowing the apartment to feel open and bright. The spaces are interleaved, with a cantilevered bed that hovers out over the main living space, an ultra-compact bath tucked beneath the stair, and a roof garden with glazing that allows light to cascade through the space.

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Every inch is put to use, with stairs featuring built-in storage units below, similar to Japanese kaidan dansu. The apartment is crafted like a piece of furniture, with hidden and transforming spaces for things and people.

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Architect: Specht Harpman
Project: Manhattan MicroLoft
Location: New York, NY, US
Area: 39sqm
Photography: Taggart Sorenson

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