Engineer Steve Sauer has spent the last 10 years designing and perfecting a subterranean storage unit into his own 182 square foot micro apartment in Seattle. The “pico dwelling” (pico is a trillionth) manages to fit in everything one might need in a home with clever storage and custom built solutions. The idea was to stack necessary functions into layered spaces, like a bed, a video lounge with a flat-screen TV, a cafe section with views to the sidewalk, etc.

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A covered hole in the floor hides a Japanese soaking tub. A custom table in the main area can fit six people and the kitchen has all the amenities of a regular-sized kitchen. Behind the kitchen is the bathroom with a glass IKEA tabletop acting as the ceiling of the space. The tabletop also serves as a platform for a mattress for guests to sleep. Utilizing IKEA’s affordable countertops and shelving allowed Sauer to hack them into exactly what he needed for the space.

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Watch this video as Steve walks through the entire space:

Video courtesy of faircompanies.com.
Images courtesy of Steve Sauer.