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This Home Transforms Neglected Housing Stock Into Micro Luxury!

Tiny Homes

There is a movement a-foot in the architecture world. In a time of increasing housing crisis and rental unaffordability, architects are turning towards new models (see our article on the Nightingale projects in Melbourne) of producing low environmental impact housing options, and considering the ethics of new developments.

This TINY apartment from Tsai Design studio follows an adaptive re-use model, in bringing life back to neglected housing stock in a 1970’s apartment block. The one-bedroom apartment shows how good things can come in small packages. Small homes are making a BIG splash!

17th January, 2019

The 35sq meter Type Street Apartment from Tsia Design. Photo – Tess Kelly.

Creating extra space with a wall-mounted bike rack. Bike hook from Etsy seller AlexaLethen. Le Corbusier Projecteur 165 Pendant. Photo – Tess Kelly.

A fold out work space makes creates new spaces in a small context. Photo – Tess Kelly.

Bright white apartment living. Photo – Tess Kelly.

Bedroom details in the Type Street Apartment. Photo – Tess Kelly.

No detail has been over looked – a fold down shelf for a pot plant. Photo – Tess Kelly.

The continuous timber panelling creating a seamless line in the space. Photo – Tess Kelly.

In a tiny home, it is all about storage! Photo – Tess Kelly.

Joinery detailing. Dekton Natural Collection splashback. Photo – Tess Kelly.

Hey presto! A sliding kitchen is revealed. Photo – Tess Kelly.

Timber Dimensions folding stool in Victorian Ash. A table slides out of the wall. Photo – Tess Kelly.

The reveal and conceal. Photo – Tess Kelly.

Greenery in the bathroom connects the small space to the outdoor environment. Photo – Tess Kelly.

A moss feature wall contrasts with the warm timber tones. Photo – Tess Kelly.

Miriam McGarry
Thursday 17th January 2019

This tiny home is underpinned by an ethos of ‘questioning the modern-day lifestyle of living in excess… and throw-away culture of hyper consumerism.’

The brief for this small-scale/big impact apartment from Tsai Design was to ‘bring life back to neglected housing stock.’ The architects took on a single bedroom unit within a 1970s walk-up apartment, that they describe as having ‘no working kitchen, an awkward layout, and no outdoor space.’

Working within the spatial limitations provided strict parameters, but also scope for experimental and innovative solutions. The architects introduced an internal window between the bathroom and kitchen to bring light into the restricted space, with an option to frost the glass with the click of a button to enable bathroom privacy. Hey presto – shower seclusion!

The bathroom design also encourages a sense of luxury and spaciousness, through the introduction of a moss and a lush plant wall. For a tiny space, this verdant foliage feels expansive, and connects the contained interiors to the surrounding environment.

The architects have seemingly conjured space out of thin air, through strategic layering and overlapping, where ‘two different functions can exist in the same space at different times.’ This spatial mastery creates a sense of micro-luxury, where a dining table slides seamlessly into cabinetry when not in use, a study table folds out when necessary, and a secret 1.5metre clothes line is 100% invisible – until you need it!

The apartment refrains from feeling crowded or tech-solution heavy, through the continuity of materials. The architects explain that the coordination of timber finishes in the long and lean kitchen, from ‘timber flooring, timber veneer joinery and wall panels’ give the impression of a ‘timber box inserted into an apartment space’, set against the bright white living area. A tiny treasure chest, and dramatic architectural reveal.

This tiny home is underpinned by an ethos of ‘questioning the modern-day lifestyle of living in excess and the modern throw-away culture of hyper consumerism.’ In a moment where everyone is Marie Kondo-ing their lives (please be mindful where you discard unwanted items in the downsizing process!), this small footprint home offers an inspiring low-impact model, where there is real joy in the perfect functionality of a space, and true luxury can be found with less, not more.

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