NEVER TOO SMALL ep.16 30m2 studio apartment – TARA


Tara is a building that was completed
in 1920, in the art deco style. This apartment is a 30 square meter space. The layout exists primarily as it was, the client was very inspired by minimalist interior design and really wanted a very clean and crisp and contemporary product for
the design of his space. Our idea was to shift the bulk of the apartment to the perimeter walls or to the outside walls To create a really large open and fluid
space through the middle of the apartment. Running along one length of wall beyond the kitchen is a function wall and it contains a four seat sofa
and a fold-down bed. The function wall wraps almost the couch and the bed to make full use of the height and ensure that no space was left unused for
storage where possible. For the design of the function wall we wanted something very robust, which is why we decided to clad it entirely in metal. It’s a very very contemporary look and feel. It feels very sharp very bespoke and very unique. We’ve used a very strong white bench top because it’s located at the base of the
singular window to the studio. What that does is help to flood the space with light and the bench top and splash back reads a little bit like a like a giant
lantern, it has a glow. We’ve employed a number of compact appliances and everything in the kitchen is concealed, there’s a washer/dryer combination,
there’s a pull-out dishwasher, there’s a microwave. But also a very generous sized
fridge. We decided to use frosted glass for the bathroom door as a mechanism or tool to be able to borrow light from the window in the bathroom. And bring more light into the studio. All of the surfaces in the bathroom are
finished in the same tile. Creates a very unique geometric pattern it helps to make the bathroom feel much larger than it in fact is. The apartment overall
presents us a very simple solution but it’s in fact, there’s a great deal of
consideration goes into getting all of the details right. The way that the blind
rolls down just behind the tap or the concealed strip lighting in the shower,
right down to the small details like the push touch doors in the kitchen. Or the
concealed finger pull handles. Very important to be able to make use of
existing building stock and improve upon that so that people are very comfortable
living in our cities

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