Maximizing space does not mean you give up on aesthetics

This fabulous apartment in Beijing showcases how to get the job done as it turns a relatively small urban apartment into a charming and light-filled modern urban home. Built for a family of three, this Chinese apartment was designed by Hao Design keeping in mind the specific needs of the family that resides within. With homeowners who spend plenty of time within the confines of the apartment and bring work home regularly, it was important to create an effective, efficient and yet relaxing interior. The Starburst House accomplishes this using a backdrop that is neutral and still has ample textural contrast.
Open plan living area on the lower level of the Beijing apartment
The lower level of the apartment contains the living area, kitchen and dining space along with the kids’ room and play area. It is the top mezzanine floor that holds the master bedroom, bathroom and the study. A series of smart, space-savvy open bookshelves line the landing area of the mezzanine floor and offer ample storage space. Even on the lower level, space is maximized using modular wooden cabinets, a single-wall kitchen and a living room that borrows heavily from Scandinavian style.

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View of the light-filled living area from the mezzanine floorWood and weathered tiles on the wall add warmth to the apartment interiorDining area of the space-savvy Chinese apartmentFabulous and space-savvy Beijing apartment design with mezzanine levelGorgeous and space-conscious apartment design with mezzanine level bedroomMinimal living room has a Scandinavian style about itSingle wall kitchen design for the small modern apartmentStaircase and floor brings concrete charm to the interiorUtilizing space under the mezzanine level inside the modern urban apartment
White tiles wit distressed finish on the walls, concrete floors and staircase and wooden cabinets along with the large glass windows make sure there is no monotony despite the minimal use of color. Smart and innovative ideas like the playzone crafted using colorful orange curtains, chalkboards walls in the kids’ room and bright curtains replacing bathroom doors put the final touches on an apartment that is anything but mundane.

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Space-savvy use of open shelves for the mezzanine level study and bedroomStudy zone on the upper mezzanine level next to bedroomTufted headboard wall for the contemporary bedroom in whiteUse of curtains instead of traditional doors saves precious space on the mezzanine levelUsing curtains to create a smart playzone shaped like a tent
The mezzanine design gives an open public space, retaining the ceiling structure and height, and promoting visual penetration. The children’s room is under the stairs, which prevents the children from moving, and can also extend the fun of the secret base. There are shoes and chairs in the entrance area, and the entrance table is convenient for hanging on the left side. The schoolbags that children can come back from school can also be hung at a suitable height, and the storage is more flexible.
Blues and greens add brightness to the bedroom in white with slanted ceilingCeiling windows bring ample light in to the kids’ playroom with chalkboard wallCombining the laundry and the bathroom designs to save spaceCustom wooden decor along with natural greenery for the refined modern bedroomHint of green for the modern minimal bathroom in neutral huesMezzanine level bookshelf makes use of space with easeMinimal and modern kids’ playroom with pops of bright colorSlanted ceiling allows the architects to experiment with the mezzanine level design
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