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Watch the Dramatic Transformation of an NYC 'Micro Loft'

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Even among Manhattan's super-foldable studio apartments, it's rare to find a living space under 500 square feet that feels, well, spacious. How did Specht Harpman Architects achieve just that with an awkward top-floor apartment on the Upper West Side, recently featured on Design Milk? Why, by turning it into what the firm calls a Micro Loft, which staggers four "living platforms" through the apartment's 25 feet of vertical space. To allow room for storage—without, as the firm notes, any "traditional closets" in the final product—the area under each dark wood staircase was filled with built-in cabinetry. The main bath and shower also fits beneath a staircase, and the concealed-appliance kitchen sports a "countertop that wraps into the main living space, becoming a virtual 'hearth' with built-in entertainment system." This way for a visual tour through the renovation of what Curbed NY once called "the most spacious 425-square-foot apartment on the Upper West Side":




Photos via Design Milk



Photos via Design Milk



Photos via Design Milk

· Manhattan Micro Loft by Specht Harpman Architects [Design Milk]
· The Most Spacious 425-Square-Foot Apartment on the UWS [Curbed NY]
Manhattan Micro Loft [Specht Harpman]