Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos transformed a tiny, 28-square-meter (300 sqft) office into a private apartment located in the historic center of Duque de Alba, Madrid. The design challenge was to create a comfortable home, despite its size, that includes all the comforts of everyday living without having to incorporate things like sofa beds.

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Thanks to the tall ceilings, a system of levels were incorporated to house all of the necessary functions, like a sleeping area over the bathroom and kitchen. A typical mezzanine level wouldn’t fit but the split levels work perfectly crafting just enough space for each use.

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A dressing space sits above a storage unit that includes a sliding cabinet underneath.

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The design adds and extra 8.5 square meters (91 square feet) of space to the small dwelling, helping to make the apartment more functional.

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The sleeping alcove doesn’t have to be full-height since the residents will be laying down. There’s still plenty of room to sit up though.

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What looks like your average closest is actually a kitchen.

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While small in size, the kitchen has everything you’d need to get by.

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The stairs pull out to reveal a ton of extra storage, making the most of every square inch of space.

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The design is made possible with a single element that was conceived as a piece of furniture that was then installed.

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Photos by Yen Chen.