Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture is known for their space-saving apartment designs like this 500-square-foot East Village shoebox and this small but smart Battery Park studio. When faced with an especially tight 380-square-foot Upper East Side home, the DUMBO-based firm put their tiny dwelling expertise to the test once again to maximize the homeowner's storage, comfort and flexibility by creating a custom system of transforming built-in components.
The owner of the miniature Upper East Side studio approached JPDA with the challenge of updating the historic home and turning it into a more livable and functional space. JPDA’s solution was to build a series of custom, built-in components using sustainably sourced wooden panels that could open and close to reveal or conceal various pieces or furniture depending on how the space was being used at the moment.
Some of the walls would open up to allow a murphy bed for overnight guests to flip down.
While a freestanding elevated loft would house the main sleeping area with a workspace and wardrobe below.
In order to meet the tight budget and time constraints, JPDA also recommended prefabricating the system of wooden components off-site. Although the project was ultimately never implemented, the unique design allowed the homeowner to visualize how much more functional the tiny studio could be with the proper updates.