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February 8, 2016
For the modernists among us, these spare spaces are a dream come true.
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment living room vertical oak slats

By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece

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Originally appeared in Odd Angles Don't Stop This Apartment's Transformation
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Casa MJE entryway

Transforming a choppy and dated flat in Salinas, Spain, Madrid-based PKMN architectures designed a space with internal walls and partitions that rotate effortlessly to meet different needs. Depending on the configuration, the home can be used as a two bedroom, one bedroom, or open studio space for parties or gatherings. 

Originally appeared in Movable Walls Instantly Transform a Small Vacation Home from a Two-Bedroom to a Studio
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Myrtle apartment renovation kitchen

In Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, where space is tight and the cost of a home averages close to $1,000 per square foot, architect Chris Greenawalt of Bunker Workshop added 70 square feet to an existing apartment with a little excavation. At 525 square feet, the expanded space is still quite petite, so integrating solutions for managing clutter was essential. 

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Originally appeared in An Archaeological Renovation Adds Precious Space to a Tiny Boston Apartment
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Warsaw apartment swing seats

Located on the second floor of a 1952 building in central Warsaw, a 500-square-foot apartment occupied by Bogusz Parzyszek and his six-year-old son Bartek was gutted and renovated by architect Jolanta Janiszewska. Custom pieces that perform double duty define the streamlined interior, as well as kid-friendly details like swing seats. 

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Originally appeared in This Tiny Warsaw Studio Instantly Changes from Office to Playroom
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renovated apartment with white cabinets and wood dining table

In recasting a 1,000-square-foot apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Lidija Dragisic of Studio 360 sought to create a modern, adaptable residence. Dragisic introduced a raft of built-ins, minimalist furniture, and a detailed lighting plan in this overhaul. 

Originally appeared in A Compact Minimalist Apartment in Slovenia
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Casa Na bright bedroom module.

José Andrade Rocha brought a 592-square-foot apartment in Lisbon back to life by restoring its original, early 20th-century materials, strengthening its relationship with the street, and defining its public and private spaces. A series of gray sliding doors divide the living spaces.

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Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Originally appeared in Minimal Apartment in Lisbon Divvied Up by Sliding Doors
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Modern Brooklyn apartment living room with Ny chair and Reese sofa

This clutter-free apartment in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, boasts clean, modern furnishings that complement the simple palette of white walls and oiled Hakwood European oak flooring.

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Originally appeared in How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet
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Stockholm loft bedroom

A family's 2,150-square-foot loft in Stockholm was thoroughly refreshed by NOTE Design Studio. The team created a tranquil interior by painting walls and ceilings apricot pink and sandy beige for warmth (not a single surface is white). 

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NOTE Design Studio
Originally appeared in There's Not a Single White Surface in This Comfy Stockholm Loft
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modern lycabettus penthouse apartment living room vertical oak slats

By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece

Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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