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Jumpstart Your Day: Take A Peek Inside the Folded Apartment

See how the architects made the most of the 50sqm space


Over the years, we’ve seen almost a hundred different kinds of compact homes. Given that many are found in condominiums, it’s safe to say that no two units are ever the same. There’s always a clincher—a defining element, piece, or clever solution that sets one space apart from the others. One unit has a hidden loft bed, another features transforming furniture, and there’s even an apartment with moving walls. We recently found another fantastic small space that only measures 50sqm yet it looks very spacious and airy.

Designed by MDO, an architectural and interior design company based in Shanghai, the Folded Apartment is found on the second floor of a 1930s lane house. In creating the space, the team wanted to achieve openness and privacy—two factors that seem so unattainable in a compact unit. So how did they do it?

They organized the functions of the apartment from private to public—with a central spine wall serving as the focal point. The whole place is kept open and privacy is achieved with the help of translucent glass doors and by controlling the view vistas.

To further maximize the space, the floor level changes throughout the house. The living room steps down from the hallway to create height and to achieve more storage space. Meanwhile, the three steps leading to the bedroom serve as extra seating when there are visitors. It also allows the homeowner to add extra storage under the bed.

To learn more about this space, visit Living in a shoebox.

Source and Photos: Living in a shoebox.

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