There are 100 steps leading up high to this tiny apartment in the sky. How tiny? It is only 24 square meters (258 square feet)! At first this apartment was a dark space with an old mattress in the corner. What Christian Schallert turned that small space into is absolutely unbelievable. When you first walk in, you might think you are standing in a small cube. Who would want to live in a cube? Christian Schallert would, that’s who. He collaborated with his friend Barbara Appollono, who is an architect. What they came up with was a very unique design that some people have dubbed the Lego house in the sky. After looking at the pictures, you will see why.
This is a glimpse of the apartment before the renovation.
He remembers taking his parents up for the first time. His mom said, “This is crazy, Christian. What are you going to do with this?”
Here is what you see when you first walk into “The Cube.”
And this is what you see when its personality starts to emerge. At the end of the day what do you really need for comfortable living? According to Christian you need a comfortable mattress, nice clean sheets, running water, shower, and a stove to cook something. You don’t really need anything else according to him.
The toilet is hidden of course. He made sure it wasn’t too cramped so it is still comfortable.
The entire project took about six months.
He bought it knowing that he is single and likes to travel so he doesn’t need a huge space. Do you think that means when he is no longer single this will be on the market? Or could this work for two like-minded people?
His friend said that it is like Lego’s for adults. You build everything you want. You want a table, you pull it out and build it. You want the bed, you build it.
What a way to stay fit! It’s an “action apartment.”
The sofa can be a bench, storage, and a lounge. It has multiple uses.
There is a 65-square-foot balcony.
It offers a 360-degree view of Barcelona.
Up a flight of stairs from the small balcony, there is an additional terrace of 200-square-feet with an outdoor tub for two and a washer under a protective cover. No dryer needed because he line dries his clothes.
Watch this video of how it works. It’s seriously amazing.
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It was important to Christian that everything remained the correct size. He did not want everything to be small and uncomfortable or impractical. When he said he has fit around 40 people in the apartment at once, I had a hard time picturing that. But I must admit that it would be nice to be able to just close everything when you are sick of the clutter. This is the ultimate bachelor pad, and since Schallert works around the corner from his home, he keeps all of his work things at his office. The small space forces him to be neat and organized, and since he travels a lot for work, it is the perfect space with very little upkeep. I’m beyond impressed. A beautiful clutter free house that keeps you fit? Where do I sign up?