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An Exercise In Small Space Utility - Simpatia Apartment

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Ahhh... learning to live with the squeeze. As the number of people living in cities around the world continues to increase, developers produce ever smaller boxes for us to squeeze our lives into. This property, called Simpatia Apartment, is one such box.

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With us all living out of compact boxes, what are we to do? Well, luckily, designers have a few tricks up their sleeves to maximize the utility of these small (and frequently expensive) homes. These "tricks" usually involve some or all of the following:

  • Make use of reflective surfaces and transparent/translucent elements
  • Maximize storage in order to minimize clutter
  • Incorporate multifunction furniture pieces
  • Make living spaces multifunctional
  • Take advantage of vertical space
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Armed with our basic list of utility "maximizers", lets see how many instances we can find in Simpatia Apartment.

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Almost every wall features storage in the form of cupboards or shelving. Additionally, this storage usually extends to the ceiling.

Lots of storage... Check. Use of vertical height... Check.

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The main living space functions as a living room, dining room, and kitchen. There's also an area to do laundry, a coffee station, and a wine rack. Ain't that sweet.

The upstairs serves mainly as a bedroom, but it's also equiped with a work station and the home's bathroom.

Multifunctional spaces... Check.

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The bathroom, which is the smallest room in the apartment, makes use of glass (it's translucent but it counts) and mirrors.

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OK, so Simpatia Apartment checks a lot of the boxes. The only department it's lacking in, is the multi-functional furniture.

If I were to weigh up the above checklist and arrange it order of importance, multi-functional furniture would be on the low-end. Why? Because not everyone wants to treat their home like lego that needs to be taken apart and rearranged every time you want to switch between activities. It's just too much damn effort.

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All in all, Simpatia Apartment has a lot to like about it. It's small, cozy, and livable.

Project by Lez Arquitetura. They have a funky landing page , but not much else on it. You'll need to check their socials for that.


On a side note, you can't help but wonder how the shift to working from home will affect this trend. Thanks to COVID19, more of us are working from home than ever before.

Big cities, like Toronto, have already seen property values drop. This is largely due to decreased demand, as families that no longer need to make the daily commute relocate to the surburbs.

It seems to me that - among certain demographics - this shift to city living has been driven by need rather than desire. So what happens when the need is removed?

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