This is one of the smallest apartments I have seen to date, at 78 square feet its pretty extreme! This being in New York its obvious Luke eats out most meals, but still finds room for a small fridge. He actually built all the furnishing himself, including the bed which is pretty neat.
I saw this apartment a while back, but after viewing the photos and not finding a square footage, I thought it was a larger apartment. I then got an email from a reader (thanks Dallas!) to an article which stated it was 366 square feet. We all know the power of light color pallets, natural light and combined that with a skillful photographer who makes it look big, this is a pretty neat tiny apartment.
The apartment is in Barcelona Spain, noted the drawers built into the stairs, also the floating stairs made of metal allows for more storage space. The contrasting wood paneling is just inexpensive plywood done really well, it is a pretty interesting choice, but I really like it!
I found this dishwasher that is designed to be a single serving dishwasher, which may be too small, but for some it may be right. I plan to just hand wash most things, but when it comes to cutting raw meat on a cutting board, I’d like to have something a little more. Check out this single serving dishwasher with a minimalist design.
I found this story over at CNN, its about cage homes in Hong Kong. If you haven’t heard about these, they are essentially bunkbeds that are sealed off with cage wire so that people can lock them when they aren’t there. They are the size of a single bed and are about 4 feet tall for each “unit”. You have to share a bathroom with everyone, but the kicker is this, guess how much it costs for one of these in Hong Kong? $167 a month!
There has been recent outcry about the deplorable living conditions which a large number of people live in. Above is a photo of one of these cage homes that was used in an art exhibit to raise awareness of the growing trend. Among the cage homes, cubical farms have been cropping up where people pay to live in, about the same rate. In a city where houses have sold as much as $9,200 per square foot, no wonder why people go to these extremes. The questions is, what is the solution? With such densely populated urban centers, space is getting less and less accessible.
Read more about it at Reuters
Many of us have heard, seen or been in the Tiny hotel rooms of Japan. They are basically just a 10x5x5 cube that you can rent for $45, which is a steal for Japan. I found this Tiny Hotel to me a bit more aesthetically pleasing. This is a single room in Germany.
I have once been in one similar in Austria, it was amazingly comfortable and had its own bathroom and shower! A little tip for when you are traveling and trying to save a a few Euros; The bathroom is considered a luxury and you can ask if they have rooms without bathrooms, this will save you about 10 to 25 Euros! The downside is of course that you have to shave a bathroom down the hall, but its worth it. Of course there are hostels too, which I highly recommend, but do your research. Anyway, back to the Tiny Hotel, check out this room and compare it to one you would find in America.