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Creative Ideas & Architecture Office Ltd - Islington Micro Flat

Creative Ideas & Architecture Office Ltd

The client requested the 35-square-metre flat, located in the London area of Islington, be redesigned so it could adapt to accommodate visiting family and friends, without him having to compromise on space. In response, CIAO created an open-plan interior with no corridors and built-in bespoke space-saving furniture to make the apartment feel as big as possible.

Photographs by

Francesco Russo


The in-built platform accommodating the bed and home office area

The in-built platform accommodating the bed and home office area 



The pull-out double deb hidden underneath the raised platform

The pull-out double deb hidden underneath the raised platform 



The pull-out double deb hidden underneath the raised platform

The pull-out double deb hidden underneath the raised platform 



Steps to the raised platform with integrated drawers

Steps to the raised platform with integrated drawers 



The exposed bricks of the living area

The exposed bricks of the living area 



View of the kitchen area

View of the kitchen area 



Detail of the kitchen cabinets

Detail of the kitchen cabinets 



A view of the hallway

A view of the hallway 



This project shows how you can comfortably live in a compact flat without having to compromise with space. The open plan layout eliminates unnecessary boundaries, allowing light to flow inside. Combined with high ceilings, it gives an opportunity to explore and develop three dimensional environments. The diagonal kitchen sets a strong mark through the entire length of flat. This virtual line defines one side from the other without fiscally separating the spaces. The use of modern and creative materials like the woven vinyl flooring or the metallic corten kitchen, opposed to simple and traditional exposed bricks and warm handcrafted birch plywood, suit the modern lifestyle of singles or young couples.
The project has been featured in many publications including Dezeen and Grand Designs.