Type Street Apartment

Architecture Residential Richmond , Australia

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NEVER TOO SMALL ep.10 35m2 Tiny Apartment Design - Type Street Apartment


Type Street Apartment is a renovation project, converting and revitalizing an 1970s 35m2 1 bedroom apartment.
The design is in support of the tiny house movement. The design questions the modern-day lifestyle of living in excess and the modern throw-away culture and hyper consumerism.

The existing site is a 1-bedroom apartment, one of 12 units in a 1970s walk up apartment. With conventional 2.4m high ceiling, no working kitchen, an awkward layout, with bathroom the only space with north facing window, and no outdoor space.

The design objective was to bring life back to neglected housing stock. Working within the constraints of existing layout of structure and services to create a flexible generous living / office needs of the architect occupier.  

The design solution was a direct response to the limitation of the apartment. Introducing an internal window between bathroom and kitchen, providing the kitchen with much needed borrowed northern light from the bathroom, a switchable privacy film is applied to the window, the glass becomes frosted to provide privacy to the bathroom at the press of a button.

To introduce a sense of the outdoor space, the bathroom palette is carefully considered to create a feeling of an indoor/outdoor space, like a greenhouse. A feature moss wall covers the main wall, overlay with various pot plants to form a feature green wall, this is position in direct eye sight as you first enter the apartment, to be immediately greeted with nature and green.

To create a feeling of generous and luxury, the strategy is to allocate generous proportions to the functions, a 4m kitchen is inserted into the apartment, this is the main feature to the apartment.

Layering and overlapping are the key to planning for small spaces, two different function can co-existing in the same space at different times. It then comes down to detailing of the flexible joinery to make it an effortless transition between the 2 functions, such as the slide out dining table.

A simple material palette is used, to bring a sense of easiness and calm, so it doesn’t overwhelm the senses. The main material statement is the timber, as all the timber finishes are coordinated to give a sense of continuity; from the timber flooring, to the timber veneer joinery and wall panels, to the ceiling, together gives the architecture language of a timber box inserted into the apartment space.

The rest of the apartment has a simple white backdrop, with white paint to wall, ceiling, colour matched to the cabinets.

A subtle silvery blue woven vinyl flooring give a contemporary reference to the traditional tatami straw flooring and brings a softness to the space.


FlooringBolon tile (50x50cm) Flow, colour Stream

Flooring timberHavwood Europlank 224mm Oak, Grande Chalet Rustic Grade

Bathroom tileStonetile Ind. – Etic Rovere Matt (wall) textured (floor)

Splashback Dekton Natural Collection – Kelya 8mm

Wall paper (behind display shelf) Instyle - Kyoto wasabi wall covering

Leather pullMade Measure (Melbourne) Leather recessed pulls

Hanging pendant hook Creative Cables (Brisbane), Pendant Light Ceiling Hook.

Light switchClipsal Saturn Zen range

Bike hookAlexaLethen (etsy) white grey gum

StoolTimber Dimensions (Brisbane) Folding Stool – Victorian ash

Lighting (living + study)Le Corbusier Projecteur 165 Pendant

MirrorReece Zuster Issy Z1 Oval Mirror 325mm x 800mm x 22mm

BasinMarc Newson Wall basin left hand shelf

Questions and Answers

What was the brief?

The brief was to create a flexible home / office for the architect occupier

What were the key challenges?

The small footprint is the obvious challenges to overcome, on top of that in order to manage the budget, the design had to work inventively around the constraints of the existing layout of services and structures.

What are the sustainability features?

The project seeks to bring back and extend the life of neglected housing stock, challenging the demolish and rebuild mentality of modern society.


Project size

35 m2

Completion date


Project team

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