Unique and Untraditional Small Spaces

Unique storage solutions and untraditional design approaches make four small spaces seem much grander.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe recessed area is painted sky blue to echo the view out the real window, but this virtual window shows off artwork and art glass.
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Architect's Laboratory
Architect Joel Sanders believes that it's time to seriously reconsider traditional notions of domestic space—to stop thinking about closed-off rooms, but rather, fluid zones of domestic activity. It's a principle he's put into practice for his high-profile New York clients and recently in the redesign of his own West Village apartment. His 650-square-foot home is designed both for his comfort and to exercise his own architectural creativity, a means to find clever new ways to maximize a sense of open space.

The windows do more than just bathe the apartment in natural light; the windowsills offer a continuous block for storage thanks to their recessed pocket. Sanders also cut out a recessed area next to the window to mimic the size and shape of the window.