Homeowners and designers Lynda and Peter Benoit(of Melander Architects) embarked on the challenging task of remodeling a poorly planned, 1,100 square-feet loft situated in a former steam engine factory in Emeryville, California. The focal point and one of the most creative additions of the new home is Peter’s masterwork: “a completely customized 16-by-17-by-10-foot wooden box that accommodates a bookcase on the outside, a bedroom on the inside, and a dressing-room mezzanine above“. Access in the “hidden chamber” is ensured by a lateral stairway, perfectly integrated in the overall design. This box-within-a box project captured our attention and made us want to search for further details. You can observe the multi-functional addition from various standing points in the photos below and judge for yourself if this unusual bedroom is practical or on the contrary, takes up too much space.