This project won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury Award for the Living Small category. See the full list of winners here.
Living in Manhattan can be rough—especially when your apartment is only 420 square feet. Fortunately for TreeHugger Founder Graham Hill, the design team at LifeEdited submitted its LifeEdited Apartment to his competition to find the best “luxury for less” design for his compact New York studio. Hill had a grand vision for his small space: dinner seating for 10, comfortable sleeping quarters for two, a great home office, a home theater, and high energy efficiency. Talk about challenging!
To meet all of the client’s requirements, LifeEdited spent much time learning about micro living spaces. The designers even researched the confined spaces of boat and caravan interiors, as well as train and airplane bathrooms. According to Chief Designer Catalin Sandu, the team turned the apartment into a single space with multiple functionalities by incorporating a movable wall along with double-duty furniture items, allowing for a second room when needed. The result is an elegant, fully livable, and compact space that has the feeling of a much larger apartment.
While the flexible items transform the apartment with ease, the designers met several challenges when coming up with their inspiring concept. Lead Architect Scott Glass notes that a particularly difficult task was constructing a high-performance, contemporary house within an old structure, and states, “It was tricky doing that efficiently as a retrofit.” From the outcome, however, we would never have known!
After announcing that Life Edited’s design won the Jury Selection for the Architecture + Living Small in the Architizer A+ Awards, we wanted to know what the team liked most about their project. Sandu selected the lightness and ease of the moving wall as his favorite component, while Glass appreciated the fact that the apartment opened up a larger dialogue about sustainability and the ways people live. We hope more New Yorkers find inspiration from Life Edited’s tiny abode!