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Layouts We Love: Comparing 1200 Square Foot Layouts Around the World

There is more than one way to skin a cat, but there are also hundreds – if not thousands – of ways for architects to design homes of specific sizes and styles. In this week’s “Layouts We Love” column, we take a look at four different 1200 square foot (111 square meter) homes in hotel-residential properties around the world.

At New York’s Plaza Hotel, overlooking Grand Army Plaza where Fifth Avenue meets Central Park, an oversized one-bedroom home measuring 1245 square feet (116 square meters) is currently on the market. This wing of the Plaza is available for primary or secondary home-ownership, and its renovation and restoration in 2007 created gracious residences while respecting the landmark building’s original windows and proportions. This 14th floor residence features a grand living room with a decorative fireplace mantel overlooking the treetops and city lights of Grand Army Plaza. This luxurious home features a separate kitchen, beautiful master bedroom suite with five-fixture bathroom and walk-in closet, as well as a powder room for guests. This residence is currently on the market for US$4.4 million, available through one of the building’s most successful agents, Elizabeth Lorenzo of Stribling & Associates.

Meanwhile in the Swiss Alps, the new Chedi hotel and residences in Andermatt combine modern Asian luxury with the area’s rugged chalet style. Measuring 118 square meters (1270 square feet), a third-floor residence offers a luxurious one-bedroom layout. Both its large living room and oversized bedroom open onto a long balcony, while its unique bathroom offers the option to fold back a wall to expose the wonderful mountain views while soaking in the bathtub. Denniston Architects have planned the interiors to maximize its open feeling, and sets of double doors, folding screens, and disappearing pocket doors optimize the flow between rooms, including the lavish dressing room with extensive closets – perfect for accommodating the ski season’s extra wardrobe changes.

Back in the USA, top Boston agent Tim Marsh of Marsh Properties, Inc. has recently sold a 1245-square foot (116 square meter) home at Four Seasons Place. The luxury building located on Boston Common was completed in 1985, and remains today as one of Beantown’s most desirable residential addresses. Located on the 11th floor with sunny southern exposure, its layout has a remarkable flow that maximizes its flexibility. Its living room has double doors opening both into a library that doubles as a guest room, as well as a kitchen that can be opened for casual living, or closed for formal entertaining. Its master suite features three closets, and an oversized bathroom that separates its large vanity and sink from a separate “wet room” with bathtub and toilet.

A world away in China’s 13th largest city of Chengdu, the new Residences at the Fairmont Chengdu form part of the Palm Springs development, combining high quality office space, luxury shopping, a new Fairmont hotel and luxury residences. Currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2014, a 112 square meter (1206 square feet) residence is designed as an efficient apartment with up to three bedrooms. That may seem like a lot of rooms for 1200 square feet, but the living areas accommodate a generous living/dining room, entry foyer, separate kitchen and balcony. It’s three private rooms include a corner master bedroom suite with bathtub framed by an oversized window and separate stall shower, as well as a gracious dressing area. The second and third bedrooms can also be used as a study/library and media room.

Whether opulent grandeur in New York, luxurious flow in the Swiss Alps, flexible space in Boston, or efficient planning in Chengdu, there is a lot one can do in 1200 square feet. These four options represent some of our “best-in-class” favorites.