Tiny Condo In New York Maximises Its Small Footprint

This tiny apartment has been beautifully renovated by Specht Harpman Architects. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the overall size of the home is just 425 square feet. However, the floor-to-ceiling height is approximately 25 feet, and it also has access to a roof terrace, giving the designers plenty of space to play with.


Originally the awkward arrangement of spaces meant that there was no feasible place for a separate bedroom and living area. The solution: to create four separate ‘living platforms’ (as coined by the architects) within the double height space.


The lowest level of the apartment contains the entry and kitchen. The living area is raised a few feet above the kitchen/entry providing some degree of separation between the spaces while still maintaining the open plan layout to help make the space feel larger.


A cantilevered bed pavilion that projects out over the living area can be found on the next level of the home. And finally, a staircase  leads from the bedroom area to the exterior roof garden. The condo only has one interior door – the bathroom.

To maximise on function the staircases are not just used for circulation, but also provide storage spaces, or as in the case with the first staircase, a space to house the bathroom. All in all, an awesome contemporary tiny home!

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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.