James Blaston
| July 23, 2013

I've long admired the ingenuity of Londoners when it comes to small spaces.

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Their storied city of eight million has housing prices even higher than New York's, which means crafty Londoners often have to squeeze in wherever they can. (Case in point: this 77 square foot apartment on the market a few years ago for $335K.)

But young architect Laura Clark really takes the cake.

She's managed to create a beautiful home — out of a public restroom.

James Blaston

It took Laura six years to persuade the relevant authorities to let her purchase this abandoned restroom at Crystal Palace Parade and turn it into an apartment. Even when she had secured the proper permissions, friends questioned her sanity for undertaking the project — and she wound up doing a lot of the work herself, since hiring people willing to labor in a stinky restroom was tough.

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Plenty of Light

But persistence has paid off. Laura's new apartment is cozy and beautiful and, even though it's underground, surprisingly full of natural light, thanks to the skylights in the ceiling, and a tiny light well/outdoor space adjacent to the bedroom.

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From Stairway to Outdoor Space

The apartment measures a little more than 600 square feet, comprising what was once the ladies' and gentlemen's restrooms and the accompanying attendants' offices. This small but lovely outdoor space is tucked into what was once the stairway to the ladies' room.