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ome city dwellers would tell us that a 45 m2 studio apartment does not qualify as a mini-apartment. Point taken, which is exactly why we intend to contradict ourselves. In what we will call a loft (as in industrial open plan living) there is a small living room, a dining area, a kitchen, a sleeping area, a bathroom and an entrance with a large closet. It’s organized so well that it might even be considered spacious.

 

The bed protected by a parapet, which doubles as a wardrobe

The bed protected by a parapet, which doubles as a wardrobe, can be found on the loft which contains the kitchen and bathroom underneath.

The kitchen counter facing the window overlooking the canal.

The kitchen counter facing the window overlooking the canal. In the back left the entrance, to the right the kitchen table and raised living room with a sofa bed for guests.

 

The small loft, designed by the studio Heren 5 in collaboration with interior designer Paul Timmer, can be found just north of Amsterdam in a new apartment block facing one of the Netherlands’ many magnificent canals. Light was critical in the design of the space. It enters the home from just one side (with large windows). Additionally, the 3.5m high ceilings make it possible to experiment with different design heights.

In the drawing, the subdivision of the functional areas with the kitchen/ bathroom/ bedroom/ living room in pink.

The view towards the canal with work still in progress on the garden area

The view towards the canal with work still in progress on the garden area in front of the home.

The birchwood structure containing the kitchen, living room and loft

The birchwood structure containing the kitchen, living room and loft was designed for the space. The accurately finished details bring out the minimalism of the materials and forms.

 

When space is a luxury, every centimeter counts. This principle is even more pertinent in The Netherlands, the European state with the highest population density, where optimizing home design is a must.
Walking in the footsteps of tradition, Heren 5’s project has been able to get the most out of the limited space available. Beyond practicality and a large number of containers (a big help in organizing small spaces), they have created a refined three-dimensional play of full and empty spaces that instead of filling the space, rather highlights its “spaciousness” to full effect.

 

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Design project

City mini-apartment

Location:
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dimensions: 45 sqm

Interior design:  
Heren 5 architecten bv bna
Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Designteam: Jeroen Atteveld, Sjuul Cluitmans, Joanna Kregiel, Paul  Timmer
Website:  heren5.eu  
Interior-builder/ designer:
Paul Timmer

Photos:
Courtesy  Heren 5 architecten
Copyright Leonard Faustle

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