Simplistic plywood paneling cleverly conceals a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area in this compact 301-square-foot studio.

Located just outside of the center of Milan, Batipin Flat is a micro-flat in a 1950s building that condenses the functions of a large apartment into a compact 301-square-foot studio. Designed by Milanese architects Marcello Bondavalli, Nicola Brenna, and Carlo Alberto Tagliabue of Studio Wok, the home gets its namesake from the batipin plywood—a type of pine plywood—that was used to create a box-like wall paneling system to hide the kitchen, bathroom, bed, and built-in furniture. 

To make the living area feel much more open and comfortable, the architects created minmal service areas are hidden when the batipin-plwood panels are closed.

To make the living area feel much more open and comfortable, the architects have created minimal service areas that are hidden when the batipin-plwood panels are closed.

Courtesy of Fedrico Villa

White resin was used for the flooring in the living room.

White resin has been used for the flooring in the living room.

Courtesy of Fedrico Villa

The program is concentrated in one main space defined by kitted-out walls. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that open to a balcony bring in ample natural light and visually enlarges the interiors. 

One of the wall panels is a murphy bed.

One of the wall panels is a Murphy bed.

Courtesy of Fedrico Villa

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