A 38sqm Minimalist Industrial Condo Unit

An open layout and a clean aesthetic helped maximize this compact space

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Architect: Glenn Calingasan

We’ve visited over a hundred different condo units and yet the feeling of surprise each time we see how homeowners were able to make the most of a limited area still remains. While many would choose to go down the path of keeping the small space standard and safe, there are a few who’ve ventured into personalizing it with clever details and inspiring elements.

Take for example this 38sqm unit owned by a couple who follows Real Living online. Inspired by the old apartments and lofts in New York City, they've always wanted to have an industrial style home. Luckily, they found a partner in Architect Glenn Calingasan and a trusted contractor in Primestone Construction Co. Glenn's aesthetic and idea matched with what they had in mind—making the entire renovation process easy and successful. With a few adjustments here and there, the result is a minimalist haven filled with accent details, industrial-inspired elements, and space-saving solutions that keep the home cozy and organized.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with Architect Glenn Calingasan through ar.glenncalingasan[at] You can also check out his works via Instagram.

Home Entrance

From the door, guests can appreciate the minimalist palette of the unit featuring shades of white and gray. On the left side of the door are the kitchen and dining areas while hooks and a shoe rack keep the various belongings of the couple organized.

Kitchen and Dining Areas

To keep up with the theme of the home, the color of the kitchen cabinets matches that of the door. A movable counter table serves as dining nook and extra prep area when cooking. Having a multipurpose table helps the couple save on space.


The Edison lamps add character to the dining nook. To further maximize space, the owners opted for sturdy chairs with interesting legs from Mandaue Foam. Since these pieces do not have backrests, it can be easily stored under the table when not in use.


To transform the kitchen, architect Glenn repainted the kitchen cabinets and replaced the existing granite countertop with a black counter to blend with the color of the cabinets.

Kitchen and Dining Areas

All throughout the space, one would immediately notice the cement-like finish of the ceiling. According to the owners, it was painted as such to complete the industrial look. EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) pipes were used to connect and add lighting. These pipes keep within the theme and differ from the basic lighting most condo units have.

Living Area

The living area is a sight to behold with its play of grays, whites, and other textures. The common areas used to have glazed floor tiles but Glenn chose to replace it with wooden finish tiles. He also included some of the furniture as part of the overall design to maximize every inch of space. The sofa in the living area was customized to fit the area. It also has secret compartments underneath where the couple can keep their essentials.

Living Area

The couple created the abstract painting to personalize the space. It adds a punch of color to the space dominated by neutrals. Two area rugs were paired to anchor the living space—both rugs complement the color of the pillows, curtain, and cushion.

Living Area

Since it's the space where they welcome visitors, comfort is given utmost importance in the living area. The window nook is one of the extra requests made by the owners and serves as a hangout whenever they have friends over or when they simply want to enjoy a movie night.

Decor and Storage

The painted brick wall serves as the home's focal point. Choosing a white-on-white design for the whole unit further opened it up to make it look clean and bright. Shelves and cabinets help organize the couple's books and travel souvenirs. It's also hard not to miss the framed photographs taken during their trips on the living area wall. Similar frames were chosen to achieve balance and to keep it from looking overdecorated.


The bedroom features a more modern minimalist look. Its existing floor finish was retained while a customized bed with extra storage was pushed beside the wall to create more space. It also allows the owners to take in the fantastic view of the Bonifacio Global City skyline.


The ladder shelf used to display and organize scarves was bought from Kultura. Open picture frames with wires and mini clothespins allow the owners to showcase more photographs from their travels and keep the wall from being plain and dull.


Muted colors complete the compact bathroom. It's kept mostly in white with hints of gray as seen in the shower curtain and floor tiles. Another ladder shelf from Kultura was placed against the wall to organize towels.


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