This skilled challenge combines all of my favourite issues: Easy supplies, sensible design choices, and compact storage that additionally serves different functions. At solely 450 sq. ft, this studio condo in New York Metropolis might have been a too-small house for the couple who shares it. However after inside architect Sandy Xin Wen’s updates to the inside, it’s now a comfy, fashionable, smooth, and serene residence for 2.

From the challenge submission: “New York-based inside architect Sandy Wen has turned a plain studio into an especially spacious condo for a younger artist couple in New York Metropolis. It makes use of a easy but elegant picket construction within the renovation of a midtown studio with layers of pure gentle and outside views. Usually, dwelling in Manhattan implies that folks should compromise sure spatial features in a compact house. Nevertheless, in designer Sandy Wen’s eyes, there’s a technique to not sacrifice life high quality, however as a substitute use architectural components to increase the view, gentle, and performance of an area.

“Utilizing easy white oak and plywood supplies, Sandy Wen brings out the pure great thing about the wooden constructions itself. The entire system is mixed with a raised platform mattress space, which extends to the lounge into a cushty bench seating space for the couple. The vertical shelving system meets the platform and creates a pure separation between two areas. The push-up window with reeded glass is constructed into the shelving system with easy but elegant particulars, offering the couple management of pure gentle and privateness between the 2 areas.

“The designer additionally well makes use of an archway to extend the ceiling peak visually and stability out the composition of the entire construction, bringing in additional pure gentle, a view of the outside courtyard, and the distinctive New York Metropolis skyline, which incorporates the Empire State constructing. The design is well-developed by way of architectural particulars and furnishings picks. The designer additionally created customized colourful again plates behind every spherical finger pull to provide a playful punch to the house.

“The stripe of mustard yellow paint defines the ‘headboard’ visually. When blended with the 1750s vintage Japanese print above, it unexpectedly creates a tasteful mixture of younger, fashionable design and timeless artwork. The designer additionally picked the mid-century Henningsen pendant in a refreshing olive inexperienced shade and the spherical eating desk with wire legs to assist create a younger and ethereal vibe, which helps outline the entire house. The condo is very practical, with ample daylight filling up the comparatively open structure. It may be tailored to accommodate totally different actions and life-style by using the picket system. As Sandy Wen talked about, ‘restricted house doesn’t mandatory means poor life high quality. As an inside designer, I favor design options that may deliver extra alternatives to the purchasers for his or her on a regular basis life.’”

Complete challenge value: $65 /sq. foot

Thanks Sandy! See extra images of the studio condo in addition to flooring plans on Sandy’s web site.

This submission’s responses had been edited for size and readability.

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