Transforming apartment by MKCA makes compact living look stylish

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This 225 ft2/ 21 m2 space in Manhattan’s West Village and an adjoining 5 ft/ 1.5 meter tall storage attic space was transformed into a multifunctional and airy home by the architects at MKCA.

MKCA_AtticTransformer01-animated-gifThe compact attic space played an important in the renovation. Even though it doesn’t offer standing height, it does offer a useful volume for numerous functions. The space was subdivided and loaded with custom fabricated transforming elements including hanging clothing storage, pantry storage, and a pull-out dining table, paired with a pull-out workstation that converts the table into a home office with desktop computer and storage below.

atticThe layout


04The centerpiece of the main living space is a six-foot long pull out dining table that converts to a home office by sliding out a powered compartment containing a desktop computer. The retracts smoothly into an otherwise inaccessible attic space behind the wall.

08Situated in an Landmarked 1840s wood and brick townhouse with exposures on three sides, the space was gutted to studs and rebuilt from the inside out, including new thermal and waterproofing systems at the three exterior facades and roof. Extensive upgrades were made to the sagging wood structure of the building to level floors and ceilings and to reinforce decades of water damage in the historic structure.


19The bed is hidden in a closet to save space.

barrow-9299The transforming elements make comfortable living, cooking, dining, working, and entertaining all possible, even in a tiny space.



barrow-9172A compact volume of black Corian and charcaol lacquer contains a serenely spa-like bathroom and a pullman kitchen with refrigerated drawer and induction cooktop.



barrow-9345A crisp palette of pickled ash, white lacquer, scorched white oak flooring, and charcoal Corian are offset by rose high gloss lacquer and mohair in the bedroom space, creating a subdued but lively environment conducive to living, dining, kitchen, working, and small-scale entertaining in a space that previously barely accommodated a bed.

barrow-9352-3Custom millwork, and vintage and contemporary furnishings in tactile and well crafted hardwoods, mohair, and wool make for a luxurious and youthful interior design.


barrow-9040Photo: Alan Tansey