A Tiny Apartment in Singapore Maximizes Space With a Recent Loft

Metre Architects, a design firm known for its modern spatial solutions, has pushed the boundaries of conventional design again with their latest project entitled Vessel. Situated in Singapore, this latest condo apartment underwent renovations so as to add a loft structure and to tailor the design to the approach to life needs of the young skilled couple who owns it. The pair requested a loft to be added to the compact 41-square-meter space (approx. 441 square feet) with a 4.7-meter-high ceiling (approx. 15-1/2 feet tall) while retaining the prevailing floor finishes, kitchen, and toilet for each financial and sustainability reasons.

Modern interior of a home featuring a unique wooden ceiling design with embedded lighting, a staircase, and minimalist furnishings.

Upon entering the condo, visitors are greeted by a linear kitchen running along the left side of the hallway. The loft, which has a lower soffit height than the corridor, is visible from the entryway making a sense of anticipation and spatial depth from the beginning. The combination of LED strip lights, along the ribbed joinery on the underside of the loft, enhances the general ambience of the small lounge underneath it and beyond.

A woman walks through a modern living room with a unique wooden ceiling structure and a staircase on the right.

The loft resides above the lounge, which is reached by a clever wood box staircase comprising alternating half steps. The steep angle of the design requires a much smaller footprint than a typical staircase. Space under the steps was not wasted; Metre Architects added a wall of storage accessed with push-to-open mechanisms that allow the panels to rest flush against the wall without the necessity for pulls or knobs.

Wooden staircase with cube-shaped steps against a white wall in a modern interior.

A series of tall wooden panels in varying heights arranged in a staggered line on a wooden floor in a room.

A neat home office featuring two monitors on a desk with an ergonomic chair, overhead wooden cabinets, and minimalistic decor.

The loft houses the couple’s home office along one wall with views of the backyard out of their double-height wall of windows on the opposite side. Amongst the luxurious greenery within the back, the apartment has a garden patio to enjoy time outdoors.

A serene interior featuring a wooden ledge by large windows overlooking lush greenery, with a small potted plant as decoration.

Aerial view of a person reading on a bed in a modern, compact multi-level apartment with wooden stairs and minimalistic design.

A woman in a raised wooden loft smiles down at a man lounging on a chair in a modern, wood-paneled room with minimalist decor.

A pair of floor recliners within the lounge are utilized in lieu of a bigger, traditional sofa to avoid wasting on space. The unique wall that divided the lounge from the bedroom has been replaced with sliding fluted-glass doors, allowing for a seamless integration (or separation) of the 2 spaces as needed. The textured glass allows natural light to go through while offering the couple privacy once they desire it.

Modern living room with wooden paneled walls and a unique, large ceiling light fixture, featuring cozy chairs and a small table.

A wooden cabinet door partially open, showing a glimpse of the contents inside, with a visible metal handle on the side.

Modern hallway with wooden walls and ceiling featuring linear lighting, leading to a kitchen on the left and an entrance door ahead.

Modern kitchen interior with geometric wooden paneling on walls and ceiling, featuring a vintage tv on a wheeled stand and a hanging pendant light.

The Vessel loft, paying homage to the development of a ship, serves because the metaphorical ship that supports the owners through their current phase of life while offering the potential for future occupants to embark on their very own journeys inside its partitions.

Modern wooden slats illuminated from within, creating a warm, ambient glow.

up view of a wood slatted ceiling with embedded lighting under loft

view from small modern bedroom looking out through sliding gladd doors into living room

view from small bedroom looking out through sliding glass doors to small living room with embedded lights in ceiling

side view through small modern living room with two chairs with bedroom behind it

Modern studio apartment with wooden interiors, large windows overlooking greenery, and a young couple engaged in conversation at a small table.

Modern bedroom with large windows, a bed, two chairs, and a desk, overlooking a garden with lush greenery.

angled interior view of small modern apartment with two chairs on floor and woman pushing sliding glass doors open to bedroom

Modern living room featuring two cream chairs, a round wooden table, large glass windows with sheer curtains, and a view of a patio with outdoor furniture.

Modern kitchen with white cabinets and a washroom visible in the background, featuring stylized ceiling lights and a view of greenery outside.

Modern bathroom interior with a glass shower, wooden cabinets, and beige tiles.

Exterior view of modern condo building with white exterior with green trees and plants in front

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