Small Cool 2014
, Apartment Therapy's 10th Annual Smallest Coolest Home Contest (previously
), is in full swing. The first round of voting is now open and will continue until June 13th. Voting for the grand prize will take place June 17 - June 18. To be considered, homes must be under 1000 sq ft. Awards are given out in five categories:
Previous year's winners and entries:
Bloke rents out a small, neat, English apartment. Finds a hatch
with some tools in it. And... [more inside]
A Chinese professor, Zhang Lin, has spent years building an actual mountain on top of an apartment building
in Beijing, without ever having received a permit for the construction. Ceilings are cracking in the apartments of his downstairs neighbors.
These apartments are so small they can only be photographed from the ceiling.
"According to the Society for Community Organization, 100,000 of the city’s laborers live in sub-divided apartment units averaging 40 square feet (3.7 sq m)."
There's no place like home. It's where we live, work and dream. It's our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home. THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them. [more inside]
John Hyduk, a middle aged blue collar worker in Cleveland, writes about his daily existence
Christian Schallert transformed his tiny 258 square feet apartment into a much more usable space
by creating a vast wall of clickable furniture, and a spring-loaded door swings.
For their 43rd anniversary issue, New York Magazine chose "to explore, across time, one of the things that has most defined New York life for centuries and has become a unit of measurement for our successes and failures: The Apartment: A History of Vertical Living"
/ Sardine Life: What a century and a half of piled-up housing reveals about us. [more inside]
Norman Mailer's apartment
. Available now.
She adored New York City. She idolized it all out of proportion. Sure, she paid $700 for a 90-square-foot microstudio
, but New York was her town, and it always would be (via
For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside.
Photographer Bill Cunningham has moved out of his a rent controlled apartment right above Carnegie Hall after living there for 60 years. He offers some pictures and memories of his time there
. Andrew Carnegie intended the space above the hall to be occupied by artists and since 1896 the list of occupants has included Isadora Duncan, Marlon Brando and Leonard Bernstein
. The last 5 residents (more details about them here
) are being cleared out to make way for a music school. [more inside]
Moving to or within NYC soon? Check to make sure your potential landlord isn't on this list of 153 by the NYC Public Advocates Office. [more inside]
It's an important topic for many of us: how to live well in a tiny apartment. You can be seriously organized
, or use Ikea furniture in unusual ways
. You can do it with modular walls
, or you can build an awesome loft
. It's a topic that many people care about: Apartment therapy
has an annual contest
devoted to small apartments, there's a Flickr group
devoted to it, and of course Metafilter has covered some
of this ground before
. (Inspired by
"After his wife left him, Tony Alleyne set out to create the ultimate bachelor pad
, painstakingly turning his flat into a Star Trek set... The 500-square-foot apartment features voice-activated lighting, LED lighting, running lights, air-conditioning—but no bed... A few years ago Mr Alleyne suffered from sciatica and was advised by his GP to sleep on the floor. 'It cured the sciatica and gave me the opportunity to convert the bed area into the Transporter area,' he says. 'Bed space is overrated...' His wife—who owns the flat—put it up for sale, but it fell through.
The Domestic Transformer:
sliding walls and yellow light, a local architect's solution to the problem of scant living-space in Hong Kong. [more inside]
It began when Mr. Klinsky threw in his two cents, a vague request that a poem he had written for and about his family be lodged in a wall somewhere, Ms. Sherry said, “put in a bottle and hidden away as if it were a time capsule.”
Sometimes when you make a simple suggestion about the remodeling of your $8.5 million 5th Ave. apartment, the designer goes a little overboard
. In an awesome way. Don't miss the slideshow
Need an apartment? MapsKrieg
is a mashup
of Google Maps and Craigslist real estate listings that can show you just how close to the Tenderloin
Turning a chapel into an apartment.
The Dutch architectural firm ZECC
has made a beautiful, modern apartment
out of an abandoned chapel. There are more stunning photos and cross-sections in this PDF
, though the text is in Dutch. Other stunning church renovations.
It's not you, it's your apartment.
Is your awful decor interfering with your love life? Maybe this lighting tutorial
Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers.
(Google Video.) Sort of like Stomp, except Scandihoovian and, you know, not totally embarrassing to like.
works like this: you drive the car into a modified industrial elevator, the CarLift. (Nearly all German luxury vehicles fit; only the massive Mercedes Maybach, priced at half a million euros, is too much car to lift.) A computer-controlled transponder recognizes the car and knows to which floor it should be delivered automatically." -- Metropolis Magazine has more.
I don't drive but if I did and I lived in an apartment, I'd want a CarLoft -- being able to drive you car to your front door, five stories up. That's classy.
Bad Landlords, across the US
Recently, the tale of Gloria Trembicky, bad landlord extraordinaire made its way around blogs
. The author got enough emails of other bad landlord stories, he's now collecting them at Trembicky.com. Send in your own stories of woe, to help out future renters in your area (and entertain those of us no longer renting).
Gloria Trembicky is a bad landlord.
Ever wish you knew more about your new landlord before
signing the lease? Hopefully Gloria Trembicky won't have any more unsuspecting tenants. This well-documented story of disrepair, deceit and disorder should keep any landlord-Googler away (especially with the growing contributions emailed from former tenants). Also, it provides some great Schadenfreude for those of us not renting in NYC.
The greatest story ever told
or The Tale of the Mad Feces King
: Two slightly different edits of the same ultimate bad room-mate story, originally posted on the Something Awful
The amazingly pathetic sex-for-rent poster.
Hey ladies, New York got you strapped for cash? Looking for a nicely lit apartment with high ceilings? This handsome, black haired bachelor has a room available at cut-rate prices. After all, money isn't everything.
347 square feet?
Hyper-efficient living space.
Where does Number 1 go?
Interior designer/nerd gives his apartment the "Away Team Eye" once over and manages to make something pretty darn interesting. Sure it makes a great conversation piece, but could you live there? More photos
make the "future perfect" world of Star Trek look a little too busy for actual living.
The vertical nature of New York City has long helped define its image, with families stacked on top of each other and penthouse apartments reaching the clouds. But for generations, tens of thousands of people have made do with another New York reality - the basement apartment - and they literally climb out of the ground to enter the city that is always on top of them.
As mentioned in literature
, personal ads
--and soon to be the penthouse of urban worker housing
The Vos Pas
is an apartment that it's owner has lit entirely with LEDs. More here.
Relive the game that made you completely ignore most of your elementary education.
Warning: Not safe for getting work done any time soon.
You think your neighbors are bad?
Try living with a lady who kept cows in her upstairs apartment.
Brother Can You Spare a Prewar 7-Room Apt?
Will NYC ever be rid
of a system that favors a select few, drives up housing costs for all, unfairly subsidizes vacation homes for the middle class and in general just doesn't work
24th century* apartment. Only $4 million.
*Actual 24th century-ness of the apartment will not be known until we actually reach the 24th century.