Turning 425sqft of Manhattan into a tardisoid bigger-on-the-inside home


21 Responses to “Turning 425sqft of Manhattan into a tardisoid bigger-on-the-inside home”

  1. Stephen Schenck says:

    Tiny -swath- of grass.

  2. Hanglyman says:

    So it’s possible to convert a tiny apartment into a compact but still relatively spacious living space… as long as it inexplicably has 25′ high ceilings wasting space to begin with?

    • retepslluerb says:

      Quite. Also, it helps when it’s basically empty.   

      It’s not a bad apartment, though, but certainly nothing for a „we“.

      • The design of this place is staggering to me. Everything from storage to counter space to privacy and room separation is completely amazing. My gf and I would be incredibly happy to move into such a large and well designed apartment. It looks like an absolutely amazing place to live, especially with all those windows and light and openness.

        (I always thought my current 390sq ft 1BR did a great job of using available space, but not anymore)

    • To be fair, I’ve seen them do some incredible things in the IKEA model apartments with less than 500 sq ft. and no high ceilings. 

  3. Brian Cain says:

    Geez Cory, I was jealous of your career and such until I learned you’re living in a matchbox.

    I feel like I need to go buy some more of your books on Amazon now.

    • retepslluerb says:

      Don’t be.  He has his own “man-cave” for work that’s “nearly as big as our flat in East London.“

  4. nox says:

    Essentially 2-3 floors of height; common apartment design would give 850sqft.

    As for Cory’s 18^2*2 = 648 sqft. I wonder where he fits the stairs. Would be interesting to see.

  5. jandrese says:

    Heating that place in the winter has got to suck.  All of the heat floats up to the big glassy grass area and the cold drafts waft downward to freeze everybody on the living level.  New York isn’t exactly know for its mild winters either.  They don’t even have a ceiling fan to mix up the air and pull some of that heat back down into the living room and kitchen. 

  6. knoxblox says:

    So what’s going on underneath the living room floor? Utilities?

    The light filtering down from the windows above the bed is nice, but I
    think I’d be compelled to build a catwalk over to a bookshelf against
    the inside wall, as well. Maybe even above the stairs?

  7. charlesrichter says:

    That reminds me of these apartments set to open in DC.  Built in an old skating rink, they are in two concentric rings of dwellings, with no windows except on the outer circumference.  The inner ring gets outside light only from skylights.  In DC’s insane real estate market, they are apparently considered  worthwhile:


  8. Finnagain says:

    Wouldn’t spiral staircases make more sense here?

  9. CrisA says:

    I spend so much time reading tiny house blogs, that my first thought was 425 square feet?  Come on, that’s huge!

  10. Julia Bauer says:

    freerunners would love this place and it’s staircase design. if they are all sunk into the ground a bit in a multiplex style it would be great insulation.

  11. BradBell says:

    I love tiny living spaces. Look to the Japanese, for they have turned it into an art. It is a key question: how much space do you want to be physically surrounded by? It’s easy to imagine claustrophobia. Perhaps less easy to imagine too much space. 

    When I was a student I had a trunk that was big enough to be an adult womb, ie. sleep foetal position. I used to take sensory breaks in it as it was quiet and dark and close. Like a tortoise shell. No surprise about liking tiny spaces then. (Mind you, being buried alive in a coffin is everyone’s nightmare, so it’s not entirely a security fantasy.)

  12. feetleet says:

    Tardisoid? In the U.S., ‘time-challenged’ is the preferred nomenclature. 

  13. Ito Kagehisa says:

    I went the other route, and invested in a large space that everyone else was afraid of.  Room for everything!

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