While we've toured Swiss Army Knife-inspired apartments of considerable dinkiness on more than one occasion, this one, a maid's quarters-to-micro-apartment-in-the-attic conversion from Paris-based Kitoko Studio, is positively tight.
At 86-square-feet, this is truly one tiny living space — a cramped garret in a Haussmann-period apartment block made (debatably) habitable thanks to the presence of a paneled wall unit equipped with a variety of sliding, folding and multi-tasking parts. Basically, it's an oversized piece of furniture — an object, essentially — that allows for all basic domestic functions: sleeping, eating, bathing and storing stuff. "The requirement of a unique multifunctional space has first been seen as a fairly complex constraint and, in the end, it became the real strength of the project," explain the designers.
Need to sit down for a quick bite to eat and/or study?
Just pull out the table and have a seat on one of the stashed-away benches. It's all just an arm's length away from the kitchenette with sink and mini-fridge.
Climb a few steps up the tiered bookcase and cozy up in your lofted cubbyhole for the night. Shut yourself in for a bit of extra t
errifying claustrophobia privacy.
Looking for the loo?
No need to walk down the hall. This isn't one of those micro-apartments. Just slide open that panel on the end and step on in to the European-style wet-bath (aka an oversized shower with a sink and toilet in it).
What Kitoko Studio is doing here — transforming neglected, unwanted nooks and crannies of an expensive, housing-strapped city into functional living spaces — is no doubt clever and commendable especially considering that they make it pretty clear that no one wants to live in these antiquated tiny attic rooms. However, there's always the question of livability even if the living space in question is more or less just a crash pad for never-home urbanites without much stuff. How long would you last waking up each morning in an oversized cupboard seven flights up? Six months? A year? Five nights?
It would seem that in the instance of this particular project, its occupant won't have a whole lot of say in the matter as the clients themselves won't be taking up residence in the converted attic space. It was designed, as Designboom explains, specifically for the client's "future au pair."
Photo: Kitoko Studio/Fabienne Delafray
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