The Tiny Transforming Apartment: 8 Rooms in 420 Square Feet

Wel­come to the New York city apart­ment of Gra­ham Hill, a Cana­di­an-born archi­tect com­mit­ted to bring­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty into the main­stream. His apart­ment does more with less. It has a foot­print of only 420 square feet. Yet it’s ele­gant­ly-designed and com­plete­ly func­tion­al. What ini­tial­ly looks like a sim­ple stu­dio unfolds into much more, a Soho apart­ment that fea­tures no less than eight rooms — a bed­room, guest room, kitchen, office and the rest. We’ll let Gra­ham, the founder of, take you on the grand tour, and we’ll leave you to won­der what a design­er could do with this Parisian apart­ment mea­sur­ing only 17 square feet.…

H/T Jason G. via Giz­mo­do

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  • Ruud Klerks says:

    Hi, I real­ly would like to sug­gest to add a fold­able table in the toi­let for a lap­top or to do some writ­ing when you have a pri­vate phonecall.
    Well done!

  • The text on the video says 350 square feet, where­as the sto­ry says 420 square feet.

  • Cathleen Palmer says:

    Well done, indeed! I also won­der about a change in “feel” by going from ultra mod­ern to a bit more tra­di­tion­al using a dif­fer­ent medi­um for walls and floors through­out such as a hard wood — a light bur­nished elm for instance (sup­pos­ing feng shui was a big­ger object than $$). Can you see any rea­sons why that would­n’t work? Look­ing at retire­ment in the face, we’ll be down­siz­ing in a big way soon. Won­der­ful to see what’s pos­si­ble. Thanks!

  • Mari says:

    The Goliath table was amaz­ing.

  • Dan Colman says:

    Yup, he also men­tions in the video that it was 420 square feet. So we went with that. Who­ev­er gave the video a title seems to have made an error.


  • jack says:

    regard­ing retire­ment and down­siz­ing — many
    art objects, wall-art, and per­son­al­i­ty relat­ed ‘things’ will nec­es­sar­i­ly need to be elim­i­nat­ed. Also, for an old­er per­son, good knees, good back, and flex­i­bil­i­ty would be required. Think of the com­fort-zone of an air­plane bath­room. I am a hedo­nist. For an even lov­ing cou­ple, this arrange­ment is per­haps too much togeth­er­ness — one must con­sid­er. Util­i­ty, space, and cre­ativ­i­ty are all spec­tac­u­lar! For a young, afflu­ent indi­vid­ual — what a beau­ty — in the long term, one would be look­ing for oth­er solu­tions.

  • Dr.Prof. says:

    Won­der­ful! Reminds me of a ren­o­vat­ed walk-up I lived in on the Upper East Side of NYC in the late 1990’s. I think I mea­sured the liv­ing space as 10x12’ exclud­ing kitch­enette and bath­room. This space has vol­ume (which my stu­dio was lack­ing) and of course the slid­ing unit which makes the space look down­right huge. Well done.

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