“Little Flat Transformation” Sees New Life Breathed into an Old Apartment in Lviv

A couple of young architects, who form the Ukrainian design firm Replus Design Bureau, tasked themselves with overhauling this small apartment in Lviv, Oblast.


The couple even provided themselves with a short brief: to make the apartment as simple as possible with elements of “soul”. The result is a clever, comfortable space.



The unit has a footprint of just 376.74-square-feet (35-square-meters). Its size is inherited from its location – it’s based in the old city of Lviv, where residences are typically small. But the size of the apartment is an opportunity for creativity, and some space-saving ideas have been implemented in this project.



The designers set out to create a home worthy of a young family. The heart of the home is the kitchen, which sports a large island that can be extended or retracted depending on the number of occupants. The kitchen provides access to the bathroom, the back yard, and the living room.


With such a small plan to work with, including a bedroom required them to take advantage of the units vertical space. It can be found hovering above the living area on a mezzanine. With limited opportunities for window openings mirrors have been used to reflect light further into the home and make the space feel larger than it is.


There are elements of old meets new throughout the property, with the smooth plastered walls giving way to rough old brickwork. The variety of texture and colors help create a warm, cozy-looking atmosphere. Furniture pieces were constructed to fit certain spaces and fulfill specific requirements.


From the architects: “The apartment carries rhythm and style of life of its owners.”


For more apartments check out this Brazilian property that gets the Scandinavian treatment by Casa100. Or, this neutral apartment by LCGA from Taipei. See all apartments.

Photos © Maksim Sosnov

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. It is so dark and dreary. Who would either paint or leave the brick this black color. It reminds me of a dungeon. Even the floor in the living room is dark. They did leave the natural brick color on some of the bricks and this is what they should have done to all of them. Regarding the hanging bed they should have some way of blocking it off for privacy when needed with curtains for example.
    I did like the indirect lighting in the kitchen and the cat was a nice touch. HAHA

    1. Had to go back and see what exactly you were commenting on… and I think they did the right thing by painting the bricks. The bricks that they didn’t paint… well I can’t for the life of me figure out why they didn’t because some of them look butt ugly.

      And who is to say that they’ll need to block off the hanging bed for privacy? This is obviously a residence for a single person or couple. So, if it was me, no overnight visitors… would be my place, my rules.