This guy’s 258 square foot apartment is better than my house.

I am fascinated with the small house movement. There is just something about well-designed small living spaces that makes me want one! I could never imagine a way to make 258 square feet into anything but a fantastic closet, but designer Barbara Appolooni found a way to make it into a luxurious apartment equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, closet, bed, and balcony.

When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 258 square feet apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it.

Located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Christian says its design was inspired by the space-saving furniture aboard boats, as well as the clean lines of a small Japanese home.

The apartment is pretty fantastic, no? I was especially impressed with the glass shower and sink. It’s nice that he didn’t have to sacrifice function. I thought the eating space was especially creative. The neighborhood in Barcelona is expensive and I’m sure it’s hard to find affordable real estate. With that view, I bet he’s living large for a lot cheaper than most people buying in that area.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Christian, here’s his photography website.

(Also, pstttttttttt… the bajillion people getting linked here…. if you like my blog, feel free to *like* my Facebook page as well. That would be swell. No pressure, though. No pressure whaaaatsoever)


20 responses

  1. Kelly

    The patio and roof area are the only things that would make this liveable for me otherwise I would go crazy in such a small space.

    May 12, 2011 at 5:40 AM

  2. jamsie

    I would kill for that apartment. Very clever, well designed. What else does a single guy need?

    May 12, 2011 at 6:10 AM

  3. Katja

    Were I single this would be amazing. As of now I think it would be cramped with a boyfriend and a terrier. I think the dog would be the first to lose her mind in that kind of space!

    May 12, 2011 at 6:27 AM

  4. Jeff

    I would imagine, living that way would require a bit of “planning ahead.” By the look of it, he didn’t have anything in his fridge except drinks. He probably has to head to the store everyday for his meals.

    May 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    • Edmunds

      The same space of my flat here in Latvia.
      Now half done, because spine problem. So – happy to see apprehensive tackle of problem.


      May 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

  5. Ron Hyatt

    The crappy Hollywood font is really annoying. Web 1.0, 1998

    May 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    • THANKS FOR THE GREAT FEEDBACK. Sorry my zero budget blog I do for fun doesn’t meet standards.

      May 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM

  6. MagnetMike

    Thought you might enjoy this one if you havent already seen it….

    May 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM

  7. bonshui

    Awesome – great find!

    May 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM

  8. Dean

    The common trade-off for these types of living spaces is COMFORT! In neither video is there a seating area that I would enjoy spending more than 10 minutes sitting on. These apartments are fine as a place to keep your stuff, but they fall far short of being a “home”.

    May 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM

  9. Josh

    I like the idea, however the apartment isn’t 258 sq ft, as that would be quite larger. As Christian said in the video, it’s 24 sq meters, which is almost 79sq ft :)

    May 15, 2011 at 4:33 AM

    • Josh, per Google 24 square meters to square feet is 258.

      May 16, 2011 at 7:58 AM

  10. Tim

    i would totally live there. that balcony, the roof, and the view make it totally worth it. without those elements this place would suck. the only problem is i don’t know where i’d put my bike(s).

    May 27, 2011 at 12:18 AM

  11. Why cover the kitchen at all?

    June 2, 2011 at 11:00 PM

  12. Very nice flat, thanks for sharing this video, i will show this one to my friends..

    June 3, 2011 at 1:32 AM

  13. That was really a nice post by the author, thanks for giving this suggestion…

    June 4, 2011 at 1:57 AM

  14. bigger than my flat

    August 24, 2011 at 8:44 AM

  15. I don’t know who this guy is or how to contact him, but if he is ever out of town he should rent his space on


    November 6, 2011 at 1:00 AM

  16. Jai

    Did anyone find out how long it took to design/build?

    September 4, 2012 at 3:46 PM

  17. Justin Moore

    exactly…with the patio and roof you have a hit…if it were just the apartment itself, i would constantly look for another place to live…

    March 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

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