Gao Architects Creates Colorful Tiny 484 Sq.Ft. Apartment (45m2)

Gallery featuring a colorful, modern design "tiny" apartment by Gao Architects.
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Gao Architects Creates Colorful Tiny 484 Sq.Ft. Apartment

This gallery features a beautiful new tiny apartment design (see all tiny houses here) from the Situla residential complex in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This colorful home was designed by GAO Architects.

One component of the original vision was to display Slovenian culture at its best, warmly greeting foreign residents of the flat. The designers wanted to acquaint guests with their native language, imprinting some common Slovenian terms on the hallway ceiling, where visitors first enter. This jumpstarts the design theme which unifies the entire residence.

The living room has been thoughtfully organized, utilizing the compact open space combined with the kitchen as efficiently as possible. The space is visually enhanced by the furniture placement alongside the wall, creating an L shape.

Dining table and chairs stand in the middle of the room, drawing the space together. A major attraction of the living room is the special print on the ceiling, representing the geographical position of the Situla complex, offering insight into the railway layout throughout the country.

The capitals of different regions are specifically marked, providing foreigners with a general picture of the whole country. Most interestingly, the markings serve as a platform from which the lights are hung.

The rest of the home is filled out with remarkable combinations of color and materials for a modern, playful look. This interior design aims to bring a smile to any face.

 The open living space stands the dining table and matching circular chairs at center, with natural light streaming through the slotted shades wrapping the balcony behind sliding glass.

 The open living space stands the dining table and matching circular chairs at center, with natural light streaming through the slotted shades wrapping the balcony behind sliding glass.

 With black dividing wall at left, we see the kitchen integrating with the living room, exemplified by the bold orange refrigerator standing next to natural wood framed sofa with green cushion. Above we see the train station map.

 With black dividing wall at left, we see the kitchen integrating with the living room, exemplified by the bold orange refrigerator standing next to natural wood framed sofa with green cushion. Above we see the train station map.

With the shades fully open, natural light floods the bright interior. Touches of white and natural wood, from flooring to furniture, fill the room. Above, the lights hang from station markers on the ceiling map.

With the shades fully open, natural light floods the bright interior. Touches of white and natural wood, from flooring to furniture, fill the room. Above, the lights hang from station markers on the ceiling map.

At left, we see the extended balcony with hardwood flooring, with leather chair and entertainment cabinet standing in the natural light spilling through.

At left, we see the extended balcony with hardwood flooring, with leather butterfly chair and entertainment cabinet standing in the natural light spilling through.

The butterfly chair and small natural wood coffee table stand next to the open sliding glass door, with spectacular views and fresh air.

The butterfly chair and small natural wood coffee table stand next to the open sliding glass door, with spectacular views and fresh air.

The built-in green cushioned sofa conceals storage space within the natural wood frame. Built-in white wall shelving sits overhead.

The built-in green cushioned sofa conceals storage space within the natural wood frame. Built-in white wall shelving sits overhead.

Beside the sofa, we see a small laptop platform, in white metal and natural wood.

Beside the sofa, we see a small laptop platform, in white metal and natural wood.

Looking back toward the living room from the balcony, we can see the glass rail affording views to the surrounding city at dusk.

Looking back toward the living room from the balcony, we can see the glass rail affording views to the surrounding city at dusk.

The patio widens next to the bedroom, allowing for a comfortable seating area.

The patio widens next to the bedroom, allowing for a comfortable seating area.

Here we see a close view of the kitchen dividing wall, covered in chalkboard material so that guests may leave messages. Built-in shelving provides space for decoration.

Here we see a close view of the kitchen dividing wall, covered in chalkboard material so that guests may leave messages. Built-in shelving provides space for decoration.

The bold orange refrigerator is one of several bright splashes of color bursting from the neutral toned interior. Blue potters are seen hanging from the natural wood dividing wall above the green sofa.

The bold orange refrigerator is one of several bright splashes of color bursting from the neutral toned interior. Blue potters are seen hanging from the natural wood dividing wall above the green sofa.

In the main hall, we see the Slovenian works overhead, with bright colored shelving at right and natural wood decorative blocks on the floor at left.

In the main hall, we see the Slovenian works overhead, with bright colored shelving at right and natural wood decorative blocks on the floor at left.

The Slovenian words, along with bright splashes of color, help set the playful tone of the home's design.

The Slovenian words, along with bright splashes of color, help set the playful tone of the home’s design.

Close view of the hallway mirror reveals a slice of the modern, luxurious bathroom.

Close view of the hallway mirror reveals a slice of the modern, luxurious bathroom.

Awash in dark tile, the bathroom holds a massive art print on the mirror wall above a small under-lit shelf. Floating natural wood vanity stands next to glass shower.

Awash in dark tile, the bathroom holds a massive art print on the mirror wall above a small under-lit shelf. Floating natural wood vanity stands next to glass shower.

Here we see a detailed close-up of the "beehive panels" holding the artwork, a meaningful nod to Slovenian history.

Here we see a detailed close-up of the “beehive panels” holding the artwork, a meaningful nod to Slovenian history.

 Many elements within the home are decorated with culturally relevant artwork.


 Many elements within the home are decorated with culturally relevant artwork.

Here we see the bedroom, with more sliding glass leading to the balcony at left. White bedding holds another splash of color on decorative pillows.

Here we see the bedroom, with more sliding glass leading to the balcony at left. White bedding holds another splash of color on decorative pillows.

All-white frame bed stands over more natural hardwood flooring, with a massive art print photograph covering the far wall.

All-white frame bed stands over more natural hardwood flooring, with a massive art print photograph covering the far wall.

Small lighting shelves flank the bed, while white closet doors stand across, with art printed doors.

Small lighting shelves flank the bed, while white closet doors stand across, with art printed doors.

On the bedroom patio space, we see this thoughtful combination of a wicker chair and hemispherical table lit from within.

On the bedroom patio space, we see this thoughtful combination of a wicker chair and hemispherical table lit from within.

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