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Pine for the Urban Apartment: Clever Space-Saving Built-In

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How do you pack a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living space, office and storage into a single room that measures a measly 226 square feet? German architecture firm Spamroom breathed new life into an urban Berlin micro apartment with a clever pine structure that functions like a room within a room, sectioning off different spaces and adding a lot more function.

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Located within a historic apartment block dating back to the early 20th century, the apartment was originally divided into two separate rooms, and subsequent renovations had it feeling a bit unbalanced in the distribution of the space. Internal walls only served to block off natural light and make the space feel small.

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The pine addition houses the bathroom, serves as a platform for the lofted bedroom, and is lined on the exterior with a kitchenette and lots of cabinets. A narrow staircase leads to the loft from a second built-in piece, a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe. Elevating the bedroom takes advantage of the available vertical space, freeing up valuable floor space for other uses.

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The white-washed pine was not only an affordable choice, it has a beautifully minimalist and modern appearance that perfectly complements the historic features in the space. Maintaining a limited color palette and keeping clutter behind cupboard doors makes the apartment feel much larger.



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