When downsizing is a very relevant topic of today’s urban landscape, this post might surprise how much design is possible in a tiny space. Rebecca Benichou and Sarah Chayeb, running the Parisian architecture firm Batiik Studio, are responsible for the complete renovation of the most stylish 11m2 apartment in Paris located in the 10th arrondissement of the capital. Though that almost sounds impossible to be a space to cook, sleep and live, the 7th floor situation allows to enjoy the light through the single window, and a small terrace, large enough to put a table and two chairs invites to savour the views over the canal Saint Martin and the rooftops of Paris.
Their mission was to create a studio dedicated to seasonal rentals. The idea was to make it look like a hotel room, giving it a strong identity in order to distinguish it from the plethora of offers on specialized sites. It required a double bed, a bathroom, a small kitchen, storage space and a dining area.
The entire room is white, the parquet floor is painted white and a white mosaic strip also highlights the functional wall and protect the floor at the exit of the shower and on the right side of the kitchenette. The goal was a clean atmosphere but that stands out with a few touches of color. When asked what advise they would give for small spaces, both agreed on having all functions in the same place, to free up a maximum of floor space. And most importantly, do not hesitate to use all available space: the sub-slopes, the ceiling height, but also the residual spaces of the chimneys.