Strict Elegance – A Small Apartment Redesign by Batlab in Budapest

This tiny apartment in Budapest, Hungary, has been redesigned by Batlab Architects for a couple. Dubbed “Strict Elegance”, the floor plan and functional areas were left – for the most part – as they were. Instead they focused on the insertion of a few elements and the overall finish of the property.


Strict Elegance - Batlab Architects - Hungary - Living Area - Humble Homes

The unit has a floor plan that measures just 549 square feet (51 square meters). The redevelopment process was started and completed in 2015. The end result is a contemporary apartment with a bit of an industrial aesthetic, particularly the overhead lights.


Strict Elegance - Batlab Architects - Hungary - Kitchen - Humble Homes

The biggest change to the space involved the creation of a bathroom located just off of the entrance. The bathroom is concealed in a “box-like sanitary zone” and is placed between the two main living areas, the kitchen and living room.


Strict Elegance - Batlab Architects - Hungary - Bedroom - Humble Homes

In order to maintain a connection between the kitchen and living room, a railed light system was installed that runs between the two rooms. The continuous wooden floor also helps to “strengthen the bond between these areas.”

Strict Elegance - Batlab Architects - Hungary - Bathroom - Humble Homes

The kitchen is a simple set up and runs along a single wall. There’s nothing all that glamorous about it, it’s mostly a functional affair. The living room is finished in the same sparse fashion, with a few furniture items and a coffee table.

Strict Elegance - Batlab Architects - Hungary - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The minimalist theme continues to the bedroom, which is found just off of the living room. Here the designers have inserted a series of floor to ceiling closets. With its vaulted ceilings, it’s probably more than enough clothing space for most people. From the architects: “The monochromatic world is coloured by Studio Nomad’s “3legs” tables, while the message of the interior – order, discipline, cleanliness – stays perceivable.”

For more apartments check out this minimalist redesign in Amsterdam by Bureau Fraai. Or, this micro-apartment with a space-saving scissor staircase. See all apartments.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Juhasz Norbert

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 Comment
  1. wonder how it sounds in there? Seems like it would be ‘echoey’ also the lighting would be harsh.