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With its compact footprint, the <a href="http://3xel.pl/projekty/projekt-wnetrza-mieszkania-w-kamienicy/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Flat in a Tenement House</a> required creative thinking by <a href="http://3xel.pl/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">3XEL Architekci</a> to maximize space for a young couple, which included adding a mezzanine. The main level of the Lodz apartment is quite small with just the kitchen, dining room, and bathroom. The living room was relocated to the mezzanine where it shares the space with the bedroom. Despite its 55-square-meter size, the interior manages to feel open and cozy with plenty of character.
The simple kitchen avoids looking more cluttered by not having upper cabinets. The lower cabinets feature matte black fronts, a gray countertop, and sleek black Smeg fridge. The darker elements, which includes the black steel balustrade along the stairs and mezzanine edge, are balanced with warm wood floors and wooden elements.
A black and white wall shelf ties into the rest of the decor while adding a place to display mementos and