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This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

Check how they got room to hire an au pair.

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

It’s not the size it’s all about, it’s said. But when it comes to living, there are many benefits of just the size. More and more of us offer square meters to stay as central as possible, yet many people dream about more space to unfold within the four walls of the house..

But not everybody has this luxury. And should you first stay compact, is the goal to be able to do this in an as efficient and comfortable way as possible?

According to the design and interior design site, Designboom was the goal when a family in Paris furnished an 8 m2 apartment to be used by the au pair.

The chamberpick’s old room

In old venerable apartment buildings in Paris there was usually always room for a separate room for servants and chambermaids all the way to the top of the building. These have always been regarded as architecturally unattractive and too small to be able to do anything about it.

Throughout the years, these small rooms, which were always built entirely under the roof of the beautiful Hausmann townhouses, have been used to a lot different, explains the site.

– When it was common to have service people, many of the rooms were used as extra storage or simply just standing empty.

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

EATING STATE: Vips, then the resident simply expands the dining table when it is time to eat. Photo: Fabienne Delafraye / Designboom.com

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

AWAY WEEK: The dining table is away when not in use. Photo: Fabienne Delafraye / Designboom.com

But the steady and substantial rise in prices for homes in Paris has meant that many people have begun to think about the old air-rooms.

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

You look good where they have hidden the bedrooms?

This was the case when the architects at Kitoko Studio were hired to help turn one of these cramped and impractical small rooms into a bright and comfortable home to the family’s newly-appointed au pair.

Hide the rooms

To accommodate what you need at 8 square meters must be said to be a challenge for most people. But Kitiko Studio took this on a tight arm and solved the task in a way no one could imagine when they started the project.

There is no doubt that the starting point was both challenging and at times very difficult to work with, explains architect Gaylor Lasa Zingui at Kitiko Studio to Click Housing..

– But we knew that the “apartment” had to be completed in a short period of time and that it should contain everything you need to have it convenient and comfortable. Here he should be able to sleep, cook, eat, wash and work.

Plenty of storage in the small room was also a challenge.

Should look like a folding knife

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

COMPLEX RESIDENCE: It’s hardly possible to believe everything they have accommodated in 8 m2 in this Paris apartment. Photo: Fabienne Delafraye / Designboom.com

It’s hardly possible to believe that there’s room for all the needs of living space, furniture and necessities for a limited number of square meters, but the architects used a very special tool as inspiration when they created the apartment.

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

Here the kids can slide between the floors

– We saw a folding knife, explains Zingui.

– Mainly the tool is a knife, that’s what it connects to, but by turning and turning and unleashing, it can suddenly be so much more and do so much more.

And precisely this was what became the goal when the architects started a mini-apartment that would rumble and perform far more than what you see at first glance – and perhaps reject as uninhabitable or too little.

– We knew we needed multifunctional solutions to make this work, explains the architect.

– We had to get to bed, a table, a wardrobe, a staircase, a small kitchen and a bathroom, and everything should be functional and big enough.

Built everything into the closet

In order for the apartment to look as clean and open as possible, the architects of Kitiko found a unique idea: they would hide all the “rooms” and furniture inside a specially designed closet so that the resident could find that room if necessary the furniture she needed.

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

SENGEPLASS: When the night comes, only this resident will find the bed. Photo: Fabienne Delafraye / Designboom.com

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

GARDEROBE: Check how to put clothes in this microscopic apartment. Photo: Fabienne Delafraye / Designboom.com

– To be able to live here, the following were needed: storage, table, wardrobe, small kitchen and bathroom, explains the Refinery29 website about the unique mini-apartment.

This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

The owners should just regain the bathroom.

– This was so fully integrated into the large “closet” that can be opened and closed, pulled out and appears when the resident needs the different things.

For Zingui and the other architects, it was exciting to see how this solution was not only a practical solution for the resident, but also how the whole experience of space and space in the mini-apartment changed.

– Compact housing often requires one or more elements to be multifunctional, explains the architect.

– And for this apartment it became the closet and its hidden features that made all the difference.

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This is not the apartment for you with claustrophobia

BATHROOM: Nothing is left to chance in this unique au pair apartment in France. Photo: Fabienne Delafraye / Designboom.com

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