Inside an architect's tiny Brooklyn loft apartment – it's full of space-saving ideas

This tiny Brooklyn loft apartment incorporates a home office, a play area and arts and crafts space, as well as a mezzanine level to house separate bedrooms. Despite being compact, the loft feels light, open and airy.

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The property

Architect Aya Maceda lives in this Brooklyn loft apartment with her husband and two elementary school-aged children. 

Though compact, Aya has managed to maximise every square inch of space in this modern home in order to squeeze a home office and kids spaces into an open-plan loft. Not only that, but the space feels light, airy, and playful thanks to the mezzanine bedroom level, and elevated nooks for arts, crafts, and reading in the modern living room.

The apartment sits above the ground-level offices of her dual city firm ALAO

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Living room

The double-height living room features a glass window to let light into the mezzanine bedroom. 

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The space is filled with plants, like a hydroponic garden. The light airy space is defined by the architect's Filipino heritage, her love for Scandinavian design, and Modernist architectural training, an aesthetic she describes as Tropical Modernism. 

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There is a Filipino word "maaliwalas" which means having a good flow of air, bright, light and expansive. This home is a collection of open spaces filled with tropical plants like Fiddle-leaf, Calamansi (Philippine lime), Audrey ficus, and lemon plants.

Brooklyn loft

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Brooklyn loft

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Kitchen & dining area

The open-plan living area flows into a white kitchen with dining area.

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A narrow dining table was chosen to separate the kitchen area from the home office area under the stairs. Tucked behind the kitchen is a double-height play nook for playing and reading during the day.

Brooklyn loft

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Brooklyn loft

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This built-in play nook allows for a private play space that is also connected to the open living area. The lower day bed is used as a place to read and put on shoes most of the time but then becomes a guest bed when needed.

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The upper level is perfect for doing arts and crafts, and incorporates plenty of storage.

Brooklyn loft

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Home office

Above the home office is a wall of Caribbean and Filipino art, and a staircase leading up to the bedrooms above.

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Kids room

There's a shared kids bedroom upstairs, with separate kids desk spaces and play areas at each end. 

The bunk bed incorporates shelving and cubby storage at the end.

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Bedroom

The parent's bedroom is much more compact, but packs in lots of bedroom storage by using the wall behind the bed. 

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Family photo - Kosi (10), Aya, Lulu (4), and Kurt

Brooklyn loft

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