PHOTOS: Step Inside the Delta’s Teeny Tiny Transforming NYC Apartment

by , 07/25/12
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We’re not real estate brokers, so we’ll skip the euphemisms; there’s no denying that the Delta’s studio is small. However, calling the micro apartment “light-filled,” “conveniently-located” and “beautifully-appointed” would not be inaccurate. Despite its diminutive size, the interior of the studio studio was bright, airy and didn’t feel cramped. In addition to the large windows, touches like glass tiles, recycled concrete floors and stainless steel finishes make the space feel modern and a mottled seaglass-like bathroom door gives the illusion of more space beyond the room when there really is none (aside from the toilet, that is).

So how is one supposed to sleep, eat, and go through the motions of life in just one, undivided 345 sq. ft. space? Well, Voltaic Solaire, the developers behind the building, clearly put a lot of thought into the layout of the apartment, and essentially packed three different rooms – a living room, a bedroom and a kitchen – into one. Masquerading as a floor-length mirror by day, a murphy bed comes out of the wall easily at night to provide a place to rest and the dining table similarly folds up and down to provide a place for two people to grab lunch. Voltaic Solaire also made use of the awkward leftover space above the staircase that leads up to the apartment by turning it into an open closet and cabinets. While touring the space, this writer couldn’t help but think that only the most loving of couples would be able to survive living here together, but for a single person, it actually seemed like ample room – especially when you consider that you might actually only spend a few waking hours in there anyway.

Interested to see if you could live in a micro apartment like this one? The great thing about the Delta’s studio is that it’ll be renting by the day starting next month, so you’ll be able to experience it for yourself without the commitment of a monthly lease and just $150-200 out of your pocket.

+ Voltaic Solaire

Photos © Yuka Yoneda



  1. Joypup November 13, 2014 at 12:13 am
    I am needing a floor plan and an explanation as to why the photo of a rather ugly hook is seen to be important enough to take up space in this show. Really? This is one of the poorest "sell jobs" I have seen. Love the materials, but I keep thinking that this place is really uncomfortable when the bed is up, and that there really is no "living room" even when the space is clear -- no couch or place to relax! I would LOVE to view this place in real life and then really showcase what works. This article is pretty bad, folks.
  2. lostperpetually October 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm
    seems okay for a limited time living there, BUT there is no oven. you can't bake anything. only stovetop. that would be very limiting on the diet.
  3. evamail July 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm
    This is a wonderful use of space and materials. I would love to see the floor plan included in these designs as it would give me a better idea of the use of the space that I find difficult to see with the individual pictures.
  4. Michelle Bate July 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm
    Very interesting..Well thought out space.I love it and want to live in something like this...........It is perfect for one person who doesn't require much but expects everything.......
  5. Mary Claire July 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    As a person who enjoys very minimalist living, I could see myself enjoying this space. The one drawback I would say is that their is a lack of warmth in the materiality, which in a space that would be acting equally as a bedroom I would have designed things a little differently. The height of the ceilings and windows do a good job of opening the space and I think the bathroom has been executed perfectly. I think the idea of designing smaller spaces like this can help bring more people to the city that otherwise wouldn't be able to afford to do so.
  6. Jeniren December 7, 2012 at 5:58 am
    $200 a day to live in this, you've got to be kidding. Too small, too expensive with clever, but not clever enough, use of space. One sink for washing hands and dishes right next to the toilet with no bench space near it. I slept in the sleeper compartment of a train with foldout toilet and sink in its own bathroom that was more convenient than this and designed over 50 years ago. It had a comfortable bench seat that doubled as a bed. This doesn't have ant comfortable seating except fot the bed. Horrifying to think this could be a possible future for living spaces.
  7. Michelle Langhout December 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm
    Okay. I tried posting something before, but it got lost. There's no WAY this thing is 345 sq. ft., unless they have a monstrously large living/dining area. My last one-bedroom apartment was 315 sq. ft., had a full bath, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling closet, and a galley kitchen with a small stove AND oven, and full-size refrigerator. This is really....crummy.