Contemporary Apartment Excellence Achieved Within 27sqm
After living in Sydney for over six years and looking at loft and one bedroom apartments in Darlinghurst to rent, I can appreciate how much this major refit has transforms this space and should be admired for its design and storage ingenuity.
It sounds simple yet after Architect Brad Swartz relocated the kitchen and inserted a smart, design-specific storage joinery unit this tiny 27sqm apartment has been totally transformed!
Brad explains the Darlinghurst design brief and results to design-estate:
The brief was simple: “to design a functional apartment for a couple to live and entertain in. Generous storage spaces, an internal laundry and a dining space were therefore essential. However, this seemingly modest brief understates the complexity of the project, which was constantly bound by a tight budget and tighter space constraints.
Whilst this apartment was initially one room, the concept was to re-instate a public and private divide to define two distinct zones: A public living, dining, and kitchen space was formed by relocating the kitchen to create open plan living. A minimalist design approach was then taken to the interior design of the room to maximise the feeling of space and light.
The private space then required a pragmatic approach. Storage requirements were carefully considered and the bedroom striped back to basics, primarily just accommodating the bed. The storage and bed were then stacked and inserted over each other like Tetris pieces to maximise the requirements in the most minimal space. This area is carefully hidden behind a white joinery unit”.
The result – “a reclaimed re-design that is workable, comfortable and gives the couple a greater space that feels twice the size”.
This is a genius design when faced with working within a tight space.
Congratulations on the following award and shortlist:
2015 Houses Awards
Best Apartment or Unit
Darlinghurst Apartment (Winner)
2015 Australian Interior Design Awards
Darlinghurst Apartment (Shortlisted)
Photography credits: Katherine Lu