Type Street Apartment by Tsai Design

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Type Street Apartment by Tsai Design
Location: Richmond, Victoria
Status: Completed

The small footprint living philosophy fits perfectly with Tsai Design practice’s pursuit of hard-working and inventive design solutions. They maximised every last centimetre of this basic, 1970s one bedroom apartment to explore the central question: how might people fit a big house into a small unit? The trick to designing small footprint homes is knowing where it pays to be generous.

                                                                 

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At just 35m2, Type Street Apartment is Tsai Design smallest project but its impact is sizeable. With a raft of hidden features, it is at once a space for entertaining, a home office and a place of rest. Working within the constraints of the original floor plan, Tsai Design poured its energies and a modest budget into floor-to-ceiling, multifunctional cabinetry and wall systems. This would allow them to conceal an abundance of storage in every room – a feature often lacking in apartment living. Working with a cabinetmaker who specialises in high-end hotels gave Tsai Design confidence in the finishes, prototyping three versions of the fold-down dining table to determine the best solution.                                                                                                                                                  

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Where once there was just a sink, there is now a four-metre long kitchen, with three metres of bench space and ample concealed storage. In the daytime, the kitchen borrows light and views of the green wall from the bathroom, but privacy film glass can be activated at the flick of a switch. To create the illusion of space in an apartment with standard-height ceilings, Tsai Design relied on several key design solutions. Mirrored cabinetry and skirting makes the living room feel bigger. A fold-up desk in the office nook packs work away at night. A retractable clothesline makes maximum use of the bathroom, and concealed air conditioning in the bedroom means no ugly views of services. Knowing everything needed for a comfortable life is stored within reach, and with cleaning the whole home taking under an hour, what’s not to love about a small footprint life?

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Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

Type Street Apartment by Tsai DesignImage courtesy of Tsai Design

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