'Our brief was to create an engaging space, that makes small scale living a pleasure,' says Rory Macpherson, founder of Play Associates. 'We had to design carefully-shaped joinery to allow as much storage as possible, while maintaining an open feeling to what is a light-ﬁlled apartment. We also like to give our clients living space that is healthy - there's so much evidence now about sick building syndrome - so we incorporated an air filtration system to beneﬁt the wellbeing of our client.
Macpherson explains that a tiny space became a little less tiny after the roof terrace was turned into a bedroom. 'We did extend the space by some 60 per cent, from 215 to 350 sq ft and the flat was transformed by having a reasonable-sized separate bedroom.
'Obviously the first thing to do with a small space is work on the flow...decide what works best where according to how people will actually be living. So you need to think about how you move around in a space.
'Storage is crucial to successful small-space living and you need to design built-in storage that looks good but doesn't occupy most of the flat! I do urge people not to overdo it with the built-in storage because otherwise a small flat will become too boxy and you can't live well in it. I think small spaces need art on the walls and crucially they need good lighting so you can have different ambiences according to the time of day.'