This inspiring renovation in Barcelona takes space management to a brilliant new level. Miel Arquictectos and Studio P10 have divided a small studio apartment into two teeny live-work spaces that straddle a central kitchen. An experiment in shared micro living, the 700-square-foot apartment was transformed into two distinct spaces. The resulting configuration provides separate facilities for two occupants, only overlapping in the central kitchen, and so far everyone is still alive and happy.
In order to make each space both functional and efficient, the architects created a system of strategic storage. Shelving and drawers make each section livable, hiding away belongings and clutter. Since the original space is narrow, the divided spaces hover around the existing windows, using a translucent divider to let natural daylight flood each side. The dividers give privacy, while also making the areas seem open and airy.
At night, each section can be closed off with solid doors, giving privacy and creating a cozy environment. Although small, each area contains a double bed, desk and storage space. Access to a balcony extends the living space outdoors. Above each double bed is an additional lofted space, which can be used for extra guest sleeping or storage; these are accessible by wooden ladders. The lofted areas also contain built-in book shelves for extra storage. The sleeping areas lead to open bathrooms for each side.
In the middle, a recycled kitchen has everything the modern cook could hope for. The space is joined by a dining table that can be used by either occupant, unifying the apartment with the heart of the home – the kitchen.