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NEVER TOO SMALL ep.17 22m2 micro apartment – Nanopad

This building is called Ballina,
it’s an Art Deco building. This apartment is 22 square meters it’s always a pierrot tear for some clients of ours, but to be able to rent it out for a
short-term rental when they weren’t here. When we first came to visit it. The
layout was completely different. It was really important for us to retain all
the original features of the apartment but try and make a little bit more
workable, we reduced the size of the bathroom so that we could sneak a little
kitchen into the entry area, and that way the kitchen would be away from the
sleeping area and tucked away. The kitchen was positioned at the front door and it was designed as a black element that would almost disappear as you
entered, even though it’s not very wide, the bench is quite deep so it’s quite
useful. We were really confined by that dividing wall and this archway and we
really wanted to maintain all of those original features. So we looked at quite
a few layouts and it made the most sense to actually have the bed in the middle,
and be able to access it from both sides. The wall along where the windows are are
actually had quite a few pipes and conduits, so we built it out slightly to
make it all even and then ended up with these lovely deep recesses. We thought a lot about the best location to put a sofa and we thought it was really
important to be able to sit back and look out of the windows, by having this
joinery piece here we separate the sleeping zone from the living space and
you just see over the top of the bed and you can enjoy the view from the windows. By elevating the bed platform, we could
separate the living area from the sleeping area. It also meant that we
could raise the floor to the bathroom so all the plumbing could be reworked
without causing any inconvenience to any of the apartments below. So we wanted the
bathroom to be a really lovely experience, we thought it would be lovely
to have a timber battened floor all the way through the bathroom and we copied
that onto the ceiling and it gives you this beautiful smell like a sauna. The idea with the mirror was that the mirror creates a sense of depth it reflects the
light and when you’re lying in bed it also reflects the view. Even though the apartment is so small there’s a place for everything, little details that you
might not necessarily think about in a big house are really important here. Like
the fold-out ironing board We have a lot of wall hung floating units, so that you still get a sense of the whole footprint of the rooms and give you a sense of
more space We’ve got the hidden lighting under the cabinets and above to create
atmosphere. We really loved the original art deco detail of the apartment and so
everything that’s new has also been given the same amount of attention to
detail. I think good design can have a really positive impact on people’s lives, particularly in small spaces, good design, is absolutely imperative in order to get
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Christopher Hill

Apr 4, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

I used to live in a similar sized apartment in this building and LOVED it.
My place was super simple, just a bed in the room and that was about it. But the building was so cool!

I would design this differently. It looks really nice, but I don’t know about living in it full time…
A Murphy bed would be a better option to free up lounge space, and I would love a desk by the windows where I could work.
Kitchen in the entry is perfect for me. The least used room tucked away..
Love the bathroom!

Katie Harris

Apr 4, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

I liked all the built-in storage. A lot of thought went into the design.


Apr 4, 2019, 2:58 pm Reply

watching Tv in there would give me neck pain because it's so low

The Grimm

Apr 4, 2019, 1:49 pm Reply

This is such a bad design.

Jona Laurenson

Apr 4, 2019, 9:45 am Reply

I thought there would’ve been a Murphy bed


Apr 4, 2019, 9:21 pm Reply

Hey you wanna live in a closet? its not a dystopian nightmare where property is so far out of the reach of normal people and our society is slipping backwards…its cute and quirky and actually good that you get to live in a place that's less than a quarter of the size of the home your parents would have been able to afford at your age.

Ann-Marie King

Apr 4, 2019, 11:20 am Reply

Love this channel but uploads are too infrequent. Mind you, I understand given that architecture projects take time to complete and film. Perhaps you could fill the time in between with uploads of architect interviews and their studio profiles, and partner with companies in the small space appliance and decor categories to educate your subscribers in these areas.

Lisa H

Apr 4, 2019, 10:50 am Reply

I like this design and think the architect met the client’s brief well.

Karim Selkridge

Apr 4, 2019, 2:13 pm Reply

This is the 1st time I feel like they Totally missused the space and actually made it more cluttered.

donna dixon

Apr 4, 2019, 4:04 pm Reply

Are these “apartments” rentals or are they actually condos that people buy? I’m not really a fan of opening the front door and being right in the kitchen for sanitary reasons as well as optics, but oh well

Billie Dahling

Apr 4, 2019, 5:31 pm Reply

It’s too small.

Angels Dynasty

Apr 4, 2019, 5:52 am Reply

Preety enough space for a studio, unfortunately a huge waste of space. Black kitchen at the entry? No inviting at all and the first sign of negative energy. Wrong placement of the bed, front of the windows and under exposed plumbing. Also the lifted bed and the stairs made the area to look much smaller. The bathroom is hugeeee, waste space, could be used as the bedroom area and the main room should be designed as an open kitchen /living area. Lot of non functionality and negative energy.

sue nonie

Apr 4, 2019, 10:45 am Reply

Very short stay is OK, wouldn't want to have feelings that your chest is being chopped off while sleeping..


Apr 4, 2019, 3:59 pm Reply

"The kitchen…was designed as a black element that would almost disappear as you entered". Huh? Hits you in the face like a tonne of bricks as you come in the front door. Why not white cabinetry, or have it hidden behind flipper doors? Why not put the TV above the couch so you can watch from bed, rather than having it 2ft in front of the couch well below eye level? So many questions.


Apr 4, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

I love it. Just enough space for me alone.


Apr 4, 2019, 11:00 pm Reply

Why would you move the kitchen to a smaller space? it's makes no sense. I would feel claustrophobic making a bowl of cereal. The whole design of the apartments sucks.


Apr 4, 2019, 5:55 pm Reply

I love the bathroom!

architecc LP

Apr 4, 2019, 9:42 am Reply

so beautiful!! love the bathroom ~
but there is not enough space for the living room
and the closet is wayyy to small (at least for me)

Alfa Won

Apr 4, 2019, 7:55 am Reply

This is not the best use of space. The bed is awkwardly sitting in the middle of the room and everything around it is awkward and distrubing to look at. My eyes want to try and escape to some space that is more harmonious. Conversely the playful use of the kitchen in the entrance is acceptable and amusing. The bathroom is perfect. Nice job. Surface textures are nice also.

Оксана Теліпська

May 5, 2019, 5:26 pm Reply

Absolutely not!!!


May 5, 2019, 6:39 pm Reply

this is basically a bedroom with a portable kitchen. besides that huge mirror will make you feel realy fucking awkward when you are having sex


May 5, 2019, 6:54 pm Reply

Love the TV cabinet. Is there someone that does similar I can buy?


May 5, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

the bathroom's lovely, and the design works for people who won't be using the room for long.

Paul Hay

May 5, 2019, 6:10 am Reply

A Murphy bed would have been far better.

B Mejia

May 5, 2019, 12:53 pm Reply

I like the kitchen in the entry way, but why there is not a small table in the living area ? and the bed position is not so good. I love the bathroom.

Home Plans 3D

May 5, 2019, 3:18 pm Reply

I want to know the actual size of this house

aoy are

May 5, 2019, 1:35 am Reply

Aware of stomachache

Damo Delaprida

May 5, 2019, 2:07 pm Reply

Nope nope nope


May 5, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

The bed takes a good chunk of the main area of the apartment. I could see if the bed was elevated high (like a bunk bed) and giving more space in the living area, like having a office area underneath the bed with some shelves and have some space for a dining table.

Keith Harris

May 5, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

To me architecturally you have to understand that your working with certain limitations of structural and flow. The kitchen is brilliant and is in the best possible location it could be. I like the feeling of different spaces and functions. The bed is positioned in relation more as a suite and a focal point. The is for a short term vacation Accommodation.


May 5, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

Owner obviously only wants it for sleeping, so the bed and bathroom is the most important areas.


May 5, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

No "micro-living" here. More like a fancy hotel room…


May 5, 2019, 4:56 pm Reply

The kitchen would even be ok, but the bed takes way too much space. Not really inspiring

Madd Scientist

May 5, 2019, 4:19 pm Reply

nice little kitchen space & great bath
you don't need much for a "stop over apt'" in a city when u live elsewhere

Brenda Bentham

May 5, 2019, 10:05 pm Reply


Travis Travis

May 5, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

tbh I like the original layout better


May 5, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

Guess nobody heard of sofas that double up as a bed.

Marcia James

May 5, 2019, 4:18 pm Reply

Worst small space use the bed is the focus of the flat

Juan Antonio Perez

May 5, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

I´d rather live under a bridge.

Camille Durant

May 5, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

oh no no, bed faced mirror is not acceptable in fengshui theory. You could just terrify yourself if you wake up in a dream and see yourself in the mirror.

Roberto De Olivera Ferreira

May 5, 2019, 4:52 pm Reply

The wood is soooo disgusting! I mean come on. All the money wasted for this cheap looking wood


May 5, 2019, 7:26 pm Reply

That bed,were?how do you get out on the right of it?!it's just suffocating and frustrating to live with,but i liked the lamp in the corner,it look nice,very smart.

Angelita Canaria

May 5, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

Original and brith space. Thanks for your video. From the Canary islands Spain.


May 5, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply

didnt really like the layout but the details are spot on


May 5, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

A Murphy bed would have been ideal


Jun 6, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

This design is horrible, sorry.

Enobong Inyang

Jun 6, 2019, 5:00 pm Reply

Amazing creative idea,simply a model that can be developed for low income earners in developing countries.

Sujata Chatterjee

Jun 6, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

Absolutely brilliant!! Loved it!

Ass Monkey

Jun 6, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

If you have so much money to remodel why would you want such a small space? The remodel had to have been very expensive

Lou Lopez

Jun 6, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

The point is you made it work!

LD Lee

Jun 6, 2019, 12:23 am Reply

It’s a beautiful space like a boutique hotel with small kitchen, luxurious bathroom and a sitting area. The TV seems too low for viewing from either bed or couch. Perhaps, guests move it to the top of the shelf when they use it?

Garrett’s Apple and N U T Crumble

Jun 6, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

Those are very high ceilings, I would have gone with a floating bed set up so I could have all that living space nice and open.

Tanja N

Jun 6, 2019, 10:11 pm Reply

Air b&b… hotel room…


Jun 6, 2019, 8:15 am Reply

Wow… Was this actually designed by an architect? Maybe the client's brief was to make the bed the overwhelming feature…

Alankar Digitek

Jun 6, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

How much does it cost overall

Rick Funes

Jun 6, 2019, 5:29 am Reply

I think they might've made a small space even smaller…..and uglier. A kitchen 4 feet from the front door? Yikes!

Kurt Lamprecht

Jun 6, 2019, 12:44 am Reply

That's one of the loveliest hotel rooms I've ever seen, but to live in? Nope. Nope. Nope. (not that anyone ever has to)

Kim AndGetMe

Jun 6, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

So far this is the worst layout I’ve seen in this channel.

Anne Moore

Jun 6, 2019, 5:01 pm Reply

I think this is just brilliant

Michelle SFO

Jun 6, 2019, 9:01 pm Reply

This is more ideal for a short-term living – like a hotel – but not for apartment living.
The bathroom IS beautifully done!

E-Boat tanit

Jun 6, 2019, 3:46 pm Reply

Horribal feng shui. Bed under beam and mirror at your feet.

Jennifer S

Jul 7, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

Nowhere to receive guests? To eat?


Jul 7, 2019, 5:52 am Reply

This whole place is bad Feng shui

Barrington Dower

Jul 7, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

Very odd design. Failed

Dyson Spreybar

Jul 7, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

I'm sorry but how are people allowed to "renovate their apartment… I'd be kicked out for knocking down a wall to "rework" my living space. My landlord would rework my bank account for that…


Jul 7, 2019, 4:02 pm Reply

Beautiful space BUT the speakers upspeakingggGGGG… was annoyingggggGGGG?!

Georgina Sandnes

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 am Reply

Lovly yet impractical, you built the whole apartment around one GIGANTIC bed


Jul 7, 2019, 6:06 am Reply

the tv stand took out most space with the bedroom..any how i like the bathroom the most…
they should add a small coffee table to put in the middle of the sofa & the tv stand..
so u can eat at that coffee table…or do your laptop/computer..

they don't even have a computer desk?


Jul 7, 2019, 11:56 am Reply

So really beautiful

XueRae Aida

Jul 7, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

Awesome deco

jig gaj

Jul 7, 2019, 6:49 pm Reply

Where do they eat? On the Bed or Sofas?

Kushal Desai

Jul 7, 2019, 4:41 pm Reply

Bathrooms the best


Jul 7, 2019, 11:43 pm Reply


Audrey Caruso

Jul 7, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

Such genius ways of making a small apartment like this look comfortable…

robert laddie anderson

Jul 7, 2019, 2:44 am Reply

…So much inflection!


Jul 7, 2019, 2:15 pm Reply

This looks perfect to me apart from the living space. I don't use living spaces. I'd remove it and place a nice desk for my PC. Oh, and switch the bed the other way around so when I wake up I look out of the window. Architects need to start thinking of young people when designing those spaces. For me personally there is too much storage – I don't own this much and never will.

Judy Simon

Jul 7, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

the kitchen in the front of the door…hmnn… it feels lonely. but i loved the living area and how it was connected with the bedroom and bathroom. now that was beautiful work. My favorite part was all the natural lighting!!. And then the floating furniture and all the hidden lights to make the rooms feel a bit bigger. I loved this area!!


Jul 7, 2019, 6:13 am Reply

Everytime she says "quite" take a shot.

Lord Byron

Jul 7, 2019, 3:44 pm Reply


j shep

Jul 7, 2019, 4:46 pm Reply

The "question talking" narrator makes this unwatchable.

386 cz

Jul 7, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

This room is for people who spend time mostly naked on the bed. You only wear clothes when going out. Fully function kitchen but no dining table.


Jul 7, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

The decoration is beautiful, but this is like a hotel room. I cannot possibly imagine living there on a permanent basis without the need to make alterations. The bed takes up 2/3 of the place, there’s no table if you want to sit to eat or work, and what is the point of just wasting space between the window/wall and the bed? This is a very bad use of space.

Мила Јовановић

Jul 7, 2019, 10:21 am Reply

Where is the dining room? Could you build a wood cover over the bed and use it as a dining table? If you do, I would like credit for the idea lol!

Malina Meyer

Jul 7, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply

I do really not like this. The bathroom is cool, but I would NEVER ever put a tiny kitchen in the entry way just to be able to have a gigantic bed that you can access from both sides. Also, the windows above the bed are not symmetrical which gives me an uncomfortable feeling. You neither have a table for writing or eating nor do you have a proper use for all the wasted space at both sides of the bed. And what if I want to watch TV in bed? That doesn't work either. Not impressed.

Sam Wulfekotter

Jul 7, 2019, 2:58 am Reply

The worst thing about that apartment is how expensive it probably is. No one is going to want to live there for more than $350 a month.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:45 am Reply

why would I ever need more than this as long as it's just me?


Jul 7, 2019, 5:15 pm Reply

2:38 you got that right

Sondra Jackson

Jul 7, 2019, 5:45 pm Reply

I love this!!!

Carol Rudy

Jul 7, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Fengshui designs bedroom not good! As we believe positive chi and bad chi we don't like beam on top of our head! It's hurt you! Its better change the position?

Albert Chan

Jul 7, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

More space can be created if the designer chose using the sofa bed instead of putting two pieces of large furniture at the middle of the living area.

But I like how the designer select the color. Very balanced and comfortable.


Jul 7, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

You know, it really does help to pay attention while watching the video before you go commenting about how the bed is too big, or the kitchen is not big enough, or they should have used a Murphy bed, or there's no dining room or you wouldn't be able to fit all the stuff you own in it or how you wouldn't want to live there. People, it's a 22m2 sleepover flat. You stay there for a weekend. You're not meant to be living there permanently. Obviously the bed and bathroom are going to be the focal points, you're not going to bring in all your stuff, and you don't need a fully equipped kitchen. Smh.

Alexus TM

Jul 7, 2019, 9:46 am Reply

It's Horrendous!
I didn't like it!

Ga Wa

Aug 8, 2019, 11:49 am Reply

Kitchen idea is clever. Other than that it's a glorified hotel room/airbnb. No joy, no delight, no real "living" features.


Aug 8, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

Living in a hotel room, im down 🙂

Fesalati Jannati

Aug 8, 2019, 9:53 am Reply

The ceiling looks high enough to make a sleeping loft

Lucia Fiero

Aug 8, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

This is horrible. Guests arrive AS you are cooking when you have them over for meals. This is the no-dinner parties nano-pad.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:24 pm Reply

Horrible use of the space


Aug 8, 2019, 12:43 am Reply

So bad. This is what happen when they build to sell not to actually live in it ever. Looks over function


Aug 8, 2019, 5:45 pm Reply

They could have used a rotating tv on to of the tv desk with translucent glass to add privacy for the bedroom yet let light through the whole house


Aug 8, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

i looove the bathroom! also to everyone that commented the bed took too much space, i have a friend who works from home and most of the time she spent in her apartment is on her bed, be it sleeping, working, eating the dishes after she cooks them on her kitchen, all with the aid of a rolling desk over the bed. so i think there must be a solid reason on why the architect keeps the bed like that, most probably suited to the owner's needs and habits. IMO the bed looks cozy and inviting 🙂

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