Might happened to you sometimes to have to deal with small rooms where it is not always easy to find the right distribution for all the functions of a complete home. Or when faced with a large open space, you may have wondered: how to make the most of the opportunity provided by a large space without having to give up its uniqueness? And again: how to give a touch of modernity to a space that is perhaps anonymous and devoid of appeal?

We offer you a number of ideas that can give you interesting ideas on how to deal with these problems. These are mostly micro-architectures, small magic boxes which, with their essential design and pure geometric shapes, concentrate the most varied functions in a sculptural block, from a simple piece of furniture to gradually more articulated structures.

The Micro-Architectures that furnish are a furnishing element but not only …

Furnishing element but not only

Torafu Architects oversaw the renovation project of a three-storey reinforced concrete building in Meguro, a residential district of Tokyo, which originally housed warehouses and offices. In the idea of ​​the designers it was decided to eliminate, on the second floor, all the internal walls to free up space. In the center of the room, a large piece of furniture with integrated stairs was positioned. This object has a dual function: it is at the same time a piece of furniture and a link between two floors of the house. The slightly decentralized furniture freely divides the totality of the environment, thus creating spaces with different personalities around it.

… are useful for hiding furnishing elements such as a kitchen.

Useful for hiding

By the Korean studio Architects H2L is the project of this villa in the province of Gangwon, in South Korea. The spaces of this house reflect the same geometric rigor and the same formal purity of the outside inside. The texture of the exposed concrete and dry stone walls underline the designers’ idea that the architecture of the outdoor space must prevail and be seen. Here then is that the kitchen and the bathroom are hidden inside a large container in walnut plywood. A small box whose function is to hide from view , minimizing any type of visual stimulation of the interior to fully enjoy the views of the surrounding natural landscape.

Ideal for small rooms …

Ideale per ambienti di piccole dimensioni

Progettare in contesti di ridotte dimensioni può costituire, oltre che una sfida per un architetto, anche un forte spunto di interesse per creare soluzioni innovative ed originali. È il caso di questo intervento dello studio Projekt Praga realizzato all’interno degli spazi dismessi di una storica fabbrica di birra a Lublino, nella Polonia orientale. Si tratta di un residence composto da sette appartamenti che vanno dai 22 mq ai 66 mq. L’idea dei progettisti è stata quella preservare il più possibile i caratteri dell’architettura industriale dell’edificio, ma creando all’interno appartamenti dal design unico ed accattivante. Così ogni camera si caratterizza per essere un open space in cui è inserito un cubo che nasconde tutte le funzioni aggiuntive: angolo cottura, bagno, guardaroba, scrivania e impianti. La scelta di questi contenitori di legno elimina di fatto l’uso di pareti divisorie che altrimenti rischiano di ridurre la percezione dello spazio e la luminosità dell’ambiente.

… Ideal for small rooms …

Essential in form

This project by the Catalan studio Cometa Architects is inspired by the principles of small-scale naval architecture, which radically redesigned a couple’s apartment located near Barcelona’s Port Olimpic, starting from an idea essential: to free the space from all that is useless, to let the purity of form emerge univocally. The shape in question is well represented by a compact wooden cabin , around which the square plan of the apartment is organized and where the toilet, the cupboards, the laundry room and the installations are located. . The rooms of the house are symmetrically balanced around it: kitchen and storage on the right side, the living area and the sleeping area in front and a small bathroom on the left side.

… but also multifunctional.

A multifunction box

If, on the other hand, you are looking for ideas on how to furnish your office or your studio, this project by Catalan architects Zest Architecture for a co-working space in Barcelona, ​​shared by an architectural firm, could help you. and from an e-commerce company. As their website reads “How can two companies share a similar space without losing openness, daylight and view? The answer was simple: the space is organized in areas other than one multifunctional box that doubles as a meeting room, presentation space, shelves and storage . ” Each box is made with multilayer bamboo panels, leaving all the beauty of the material exposed, while the interior has been lined with anti-noise material in colored fabric to give a more fun and original touch.

One for all, all for one

The new challenge of micro-living passes through the evolution of the very concept of the house as a container of objects towards a concept of architecture as an object. Cubitat is probably the most versatile and useful piece of furniture we’ve ever seen. Born from the collaboration between the Italian designer Luca Nichetto and Urban Capital , a Canadian company leader in the real estate development sector, it was presented for the first time at the Interior Design Show in Toronto in 2015. Cubitat is a prefabricated cube of about 3 meters per side , completely customizable, with “plug & amp; play” installation, containing kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and a wardrobe. An entire apartment in a cube of only, so to speak, 9 cubic meters!