Architects transform tiny 425-sf NYC loft

Specht Harpman Architects turned a cramped UWS loft into a comfortable home

A before and after of a tiny UWS apartment
A before and after of a tiny UWS apartment

WEEKENDEDITION New York City is chock-full of laughably small, awkwardly shaped apartments. Which is why it takes a good imagination to not only make them livable, but actually desirable.

The designers at Specht Harpman Architects recently worked wonders on a 425-square-foot loft on the Upper West Side.

The space, at the top of a six-story brownstone, has 25 feet of vertical space and even access to a rooftop — giving them plenty to work with.

Check out the photos below to see the new micro-loft.

This was the space before. It was run down, with exposed brick walls and dated paint.


The architects’ solution was to create multi-level “living platforms” in order to squeeze everything in, but still make it feel open.


One of their goals was to create a flowing interior “that dissolves the notion of distinct ‘rooms.'”


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A cantilevered bed on steel beams floats over the main living space on the third floor.



And the tiny bathroom is tucked beneath the stairs.


Which now have a ton of storage space. They feature built-in drawers and shelves, similar to Japanese kaidan dansu.


Compare it again to the new space: