A Tiny Paris Apartment Does it All in 290 Square Feet

Living in a tiny apartment comes with its share of challenges. Such as: how do you create privacy for your sleeping area without breaking up the space? Where do you put all your stuff? And how do you squeeze in storage without turning your tiny apartment into a chaotic mess? In a Paris apartment that measures just 290 square feet (27 square meters), architect Nathalie Eldan has done all this, and more.

The apartment, which appears to be located above a bar (we hope there’s good sound insulation), has high ceilings and a compact, efficient setup. The space is split into two levels: the bottom level includes the bathroom and also storage for hats, coats, and shoes, which keeps those items from cluttering up the rest of the living area.

Up a twisting staircase is the main living area, which is defined by two large built-ins, executed in a light birch wood. There’s a platform for the bed, with drawers underneath; the ceiling above the bed is dropped just slightly, for a cozy feel. During the night, woven screens slide closed to turn the bedroom into a separate space.

The other volume contains the kitchen, clothing storage (conveniently located next to the bed), and even a TV. Thanks to the apartment’s very efficient design, the only furniture that’s needed in the living room is a sofa and small coffee table (although you could probably find room to squeeze in a desk or bookcase if you wanted). The minimal furnishings (and the high ceilings) give the apartment a spaciousness that belies its small footprint.

The location of the bathroom (probably dictated by plumbing, as in many old buildings) is kind of the elephant in the room here. Having to climb down a steep staircase to use the bathroom in the middle of the night is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea. But for more agile types, this apartment is a bit of a dream, providing pretty much everything you need to live comfortably — and stylishly — in not much room at all.

You can read more about the project on Design Milk and on the architect’s website.

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