A Small Apartment Design for a Family by Mormundas Vilkas

This small modern apartment can be found in Vilnius, Lithuania. The clients approached local architecture firm Mormundas Vilkas to redesign the apartment’s interior so it would be fit to serve as a family home.


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The apartment is part of a newly built housing complex. According to Vilkas, a low budget combined with the relatively small space made it a challenging project. The apartment contains a total of 678 square feet (63 square meters) and is divided up into four main living areas.


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The apartment contains an open plan living and dining area with a kitchen, a bathroom, master bedroom, children’s bedroom, and an entry hallway. It’s been finished mostly in white – white walls, storage cabinets, and curtains – with a bare concrete ceiling and a wood floor to bring some warmth to the home.


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The living spaces have been defined by a series of partition walls. The cabinets have been used to both store items, as well hide certain elements – the TV and desktop computer can both be hidden by the folding and sliding doors of the wardrobe system, helping to keep the apartment free from visual clutter.

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Large windows provide plenty of natural light and panoramic views of the urban setting. Furniture pieces, colorful fixtures and fittings, and plywood shelving have been used to avoid creating a sterile environment, although the sheer amount of white may still be too much for some.

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For more apartments check out the Zoku Loft, a stylish micro-apartment with a pull-out staircase. Or, this small apartment renovation in Spain. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Leonas Garbacauskas

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. looks like there are or have been water problems from the apt above? why would one renovate an apartment without fixing the ceiling?

  2. I would say that is some of the bare concrete NIall mentions in the write up. Those marks are typical of the impressions left by the plywood forms and don’t necessarily indicate leakage. I may be wrong. If I lived in the apartment I’d be wishing the architects covered the concrete with something more esthetic.

    1. Spot on Michael. I too wondered why the apartment had been left unfinished in a new development. Perhaps the owners are able to have them finished as they see fit.

  3. Yes, Niall, it’s a puzzle, especially since the rest of the apartment is already finished to a high standard, including light fixtures on the bare concrete. I’ve seen restored warehouses converted into living space, where they might leave some of the original brickwork or timbers to create atmosphere. But in a new building?

  4. If you click on the ArchDaily link you actually get to see the pictures in much larger format and better resolution. My thought originally was that they were acoustic tiles with mould (or for you USAers – mold) on them. But it is actually bare concrete.

    I’d say it devalues the home by about 30% through that alone. Install a false ceiling and you solve the aesthetics, but are the protruding tubes lights or some form of sprinkler system. If the latter that could be expensive to rejig to a false ceiling.

    And Niall, why are the pictures on your site so small? Why can’t they be a larger size like the originating sites? Copyright issues? Bandwidth cost to you?

    1. Hey Paul – The pictures usually aren’t all that small, it’s just that they’ve been resized for the webpage’s layout. If you right-click and select “Open in New Tab” you should be able to see the full size picture.