Small And Modern Apartment On The Roof Of An Old Building

A little bit of creativity can go a long way and can inspire a lot of ingenious solutions to difficult problems. Take this apartment for example. It didn’t even exist until a storage space in the attic of a residential building was transformed into a home by Ashari Architects. It’s a recent project that was completed in 2017. Before it became an apartment, the space measured only 30 square meters across. It was small but, more than important than that, it was not a space suit for someone to live into.

Initially, this was just a storage area on the roof of a residential buildingView in gallery
Initially, this was just a storage area on the roof of a residential building

The architects took the challenge head on and did their best to maximize the space. They even went as far as to expand the space toward the southern edge of the building, creating an additional 15 square meters of space. As a result, this became a 45 sqm apartment ready to become a modern and inviting home. You can see here the section of the apartment that was extended. Its roof is 1 meter above the elevation of the other section and this offers more space for furniture and more natural that comes through the large window.

The space was not only repurposed but also expanded beyond its original layoutView in gallery
The space was not only repurposed but also expanded beyond its original layout
Unlike a typical apartment, this space is not organized into separate areasView in gallery
Unlike a typical apartment, this space is not organized into separate areas

Speaking of windows, the architects gave this unique apartment an all glass section which opens using a pulley and a steering wheel. When this happens, the boundaries between interior and exterior are completely eliminated and the internal spaces are exposed to the views and fresh air. Further more, by extending the apartment, the architects also made room for a terrace/balcony. This section is framed by metal mesh and vines which control the amount of light that enters and offer privacy while doing so.

The newly-designed apartment is practically a large open space which can change function based on its user's needsView in gallery
The newly-designed apartment is practically a large open space which can change function based on its user’s needs
Most of the furniture was designed to be multifunctional and to easily adapt to different activitiesView in gallery
Most of the furniture was designed to be multifunctional and to easily adapt to different activities

Unlike most apartments, this one is not organized into several distinct zones. Given its reduced dimensions, the architects chose to use as a single large and open space able to fulfill multiple functions depends on the needs of the inhabitants. The apartment thus changes constantly based on the activities that take place inside.

The kitchen and several other features can be completely hidden when not in useView in gallery
The kitchen and several other features can be completely hidden when not in use
By concealing the kitchen, closet and other service features, the apartment stays open and versatileView in gallery
By concealing the kitchen, closet and other service features, the apartment stays open and versatile
The bed is positioned close to the window and its frame is suspended from the ceilingView in gallery
The bed is positioned close to the window and its frame is suspended from the ceiling

The kitchen and several other service areas such as the closet, the storage space and the space where the washer and dryer are kept can be fully closed when not needed. They basically disappear behind closed doors, being concealed inside the custom wall units. The sleeping area has a hanging bed suspended from the ceiling which can be raised or lowered as desired. When not needed, the bed goes up, leaving more room for something else.

The hanging bed can be raised or lowered at various different heights, as desired by the usersView in gallery
The hanging bed can be raised or lowered at various different heights, as desired by the users
It's even possible to have the bed raised at roof level to free up the floor space for other activitiesView in gallery
It’s even possible to have the bed raised at roof level to free up the floor space for other activities
There's a pulley system and a steering wheel which can be used to operate the windowsView in gallery
There’s a pulley system and a steering wheel which can be used to operate the windows

In addition to the multifunctional furniture pieces such as the central island or the live-edge table, the semi-open terrace can be merged to the interior area, thus maximizing the space and its functionality even more. When closed, the terrace can be used as a barbecue space, a smoking area or even an al fresco dining room.

The apartment has been expanded beyond its original footprint and this allowed a terrace to be addedView in gallery
The apartment has been expanded beyond its original footprint and this allowed a terrace to be added
The terrace is framed by metal mesh and vines which control the light and privacyView in gallery
The terrace is framed by metal mesh and vines which control the light and privacy