As micro apartments become more and more prevalent in cities around the world, architects and interior designers are constantly struggling to come into the ideas on how to optimize spatial functions in such tiny spaces without making it look cramped and rundown. It really challenges the minimum needs for comfortable living. TOWOdesign has reconstructed an apartment in the central urban area of Shanghai and applied their idea of creating such a home that doesn’t cause a claustrophobic feeling.
The original area of the apartment was only 48 square meters in measurement but needed to accommodate any function of a house must have for daily living: storage, entertainment, office, relaxing spot, and so on. As this apartment is limited in space, storage function is priority. The idea is to create “all-in-one” furniture that combines multiple functions into one module. To make the best use of space, TOWOdesign organized the apartment into several “function boxes” to integrate daily functions. The function boxes are used in various ways, such as hidden, push-pull, and display. Other ideas include the open kitchen, foldable dining table, and hidden toilet that maximize the use of every inch of space.