Apartment 1211 in São Paulo, Brazil is only 385 sq ft, but it sure looks a lot bigger thanks to compact, efficient design and bright daylight suffuses the double-height space. Designed by Alan Chu Arquitectos, this smart little apartment features integrated cabinetry that was inspired by crates and built with certified wood.
This small apartment only has a footprint of 25 sq meters, so Alan Chu had to make the most of the small space. Organized across two floors, the renovated micro apartment has an open floor plan kitchen and living space on the bottom floor. Then a spiral metal staircase leads up to the second floor with a bedroom and bathroom. A large window on the exterior floods the entire space with daylight.
The cabinetry was inspired by wooden crates and makes the space playful and organized. The boxes were built from certified pine wood and feature bright red interiors. Storage, media spaces and the kitchen built from boxes in a variety of shapes all meld together. The theme continues up to the mezzanine, while glass walls protect the upstairs without sacrificing light. Finally, the flooring on the second floor is made withreclaimed demolition wood.
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