NEVER TOO SMALL ep.18 26.5m2 Micro Apartment Design – The Bae

NEVER TOO SMALL ep.18 26.5m2 Micro Apartment Design – The Bae


my name is Alec Nielsen and I’m an
architect and my name is Liz Walsh and I’m also an architect The Bae is located in Sandy Bay in Hobart Tasmania The original apartment block was built in
1972 there are 12 units in this apartment The Bae is 26.5 square meters in total
the original services kitchen and bathroom were marginally bigger than
what we have now so one of the main strategies was to really consolidate and
couple the services to the back walls this provides more flexible floor
plate for however you’d like to use the space exactly for us the main driving
design idea for the apartment was looking at how we can actually increase
the sense of space through the addition of the two skylights and by adding the
two skylights we’ve been able to make the tiny footprint actually feel quite
spacious and generous also another advantage of the scarlet is that were
able to capture north light and by pulling out the carpet we exposed the
slab which acts as thermal mass for keeping the apartment warm during winter
we’ve retained a strip of the original 70s tiles at the front we wanted to have
traces of the history and of that 70s fabric that was really important in small spaces leaving one of the the things that seems to come up a lot
particularly in bed set type apartments is that the bed is always visible in
the living space so we wanted the flexibility to be able to fold the bed
up you know open the kitchen and actually use it as a living and we’ve
also pushed the kitchen back so it actually feels like it’s in a nook it’s
actually not flush with the rest of the space so it’s you know about delineating
zones it was really important that we provided a good sized pantry it was also
really important that the storage was deep enough and wide enough to
accommodate a full height fridge and oven that we could roast the chicken in I think it was also really important to
include the glass splashback so they extended the view while you’re in
the kitchen one of the advantages of introducing the
skylights and creating the pitched volume internally was creating overhead
storage it was really important that the bathroom and the main living spaces have quite
different aesthetics and one of the primary design drivers for the door with
that it felt heavy and private and acoustically separate from this space
you could close that heavy door it’s almost acoustically sealed it feels like
a cloister in there yeah so there was an introduction of a skylight within the
bathroom so that washed the wall behind the shower and we liked the idea of
bringing a little bit of 70s glamour into the space so picking up on the
color of the existing tiles pulling that into the bathroom we’re really looking
at how we can be economical and functional in our material choices but
the things that you touch and that a tactile actually have patina and have a
bit more glamour we really wanted those things to kind of yeah to pop and be an
experience in themselves retrofitting existing apartments is hugely
important for future living as resources become more and more finite
it’s so critical that we start to reuse adapt reimagine what our existing
building stock is with better amenity and I think a better sense of community
yeah I don’t think apartment living needs to be compromised I actually think
it can be a joy to live in

100 Comments

  • Danielle

    July 16, 2019

    There’s no way I’d want to stay there. This looks terrible.

    Reply
  • Rosyclaire

    July 16, 2019

    Looks good but you couldn't live in it. Where are the personal touches? Where are your books and hobbies? Where's the ironing board?

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  • LittleAnnelisa

    July 16, 2019

    Not my cup of tea, very boring, however I do respect that everyone’s tastes are different 🙂

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  • Fatma Taşkın

    July 17, 2019

    Çok kötü

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  • Karla McCaig

    July 17, 2019

    Looks very uncomfortable

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  • Sonni Willis

    July 18, 2019

    I wasn't feeling it too much when it started but I liked it more and more as the video continued. Very nice. Awesome bathroom.

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  • Courtney

    July 18, 2019

    God this is has hipster as it gets

    Reply
  • Andy's Shanghai Life

    July 18, 2019

    It's kinda scary how they talk… in creepy little bits haha. Should have spent some time making them not feel so nervous.

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  • Paola Rodriguez

    July 19, 2019

    This is… actually quite amazing.

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  • Tabitha Adel

    July 19, 2019

    THAT. BATHROOM.

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  • Monorail Beyond the Veil*

    July 20, 2019

    I have another word for that bathroom, claustrophobic! 😧 Get me OUT of here!

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  • Pandulse123

    July 20, 2019

    I think the overall design is super dope. I just think the plywood aesthetic is kind of off putting :/ seeing the space with everything hidden gave me a creepy vibe. When the kitchen isn't hidden, it feels more friendly (for a lack of a better term).

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  • Fast Lane

    July 20, 2019

    I feel like Valak would pop out from nowhere coz of the bg music. 😑

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  • william

    July 20, 2019

    The BATHROOM

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  • luiz souza

    July 21, 2019

    Ugly Apartment!

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  • Luca

    July 21, 2019

    Why are these things always filled with plywood ? Is it literally just to save money… Ruins it all for me.

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  • Matilda Martin

    July 21, 2019

    That is so cool this Micro apartment it quite interesting!!!***

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  • kyle009 00

    July 21, 2019

    when i poop i don't anyone to hear me poop. this is what i want

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  • io big

    July 21, 2019

    I love this kind of apartment so much!

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  • Ysenia Pe

    July 21, 2019

    Insieme Cucina e camera NO per gli odori del cibo
    Colore del Bagno NO TROPPO CUPO

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  • Danny Sullivan

    July 21, 2019

    It's a bit too sterile for my liking, but it's still an interesting use of space. If they can live with it, then that's great for them.

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  • thirdworldhipster

    July 21, 2019

    These people do not cook lol

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  • Littlebee

    July 22, 2019

    Just perfect!!!👏👌

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  • Nastasja Zecevic

    July 23, 2019

    The idea behind is amazing, but it is 'lifeless' It has no soul, doesn't look much comfy…

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  • msdogooder

    July 23, 2019

    Creative but does not feel warm, cozy and inviting. I would always worry about having things out of place. But again, very creative ideas. 😊

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  • Marilyn Phan

    July 23, 2019

    I don't like it, not my style. The apartment feels cold…. not really a home. There are no family pictures, the way everything is hiding behind walls makes the room feel empty. Space is lacking in life, it feels and looks cold. It doesn't feel like a couple lives there, just like an oversized closet. There are no plants, no pictures, no library, and no fireplace. I would not be happy living in the space.

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  • Dolli Melaine

    July 23, 2019

    i couldn't get past the music that simply does not fit this type of storyline…i had to stop it..

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  • Amanda

    July 24, 2019

    This is art.

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  • cynthia reynolds

    July 24, 2019

    The best part was the bathroom, except even w/the skylight, it was too dark as opposed to everything else which was too light & unfinished & what's up with Barbie Doll furniture? lol

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  • Fesalati Jannati

    July 24, 2019

    There's no character warmth or personality, just… empty

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  • Lisa Brinkman

    July 24, 2019

    Now that's minimalistic

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  • Luisupertramp

    July 24, 2019

    I love tiny houses but with that bathroom I literally felt claustrophobia

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  • Salty

    July 24, 2019

    If I ever get to stay in this beautiful place, I will just fit it with sonos speaker, visualizer as a TV, Google home, a wireless Dyson and power mains.

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  • Bingewatcher

    July 25, 2019

    This seems like a living nightmare imagining myself in this place makes me wanna cry..

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  • Timothy Garcia

    July 25, 2019

    looks like it had a fairly high ceiling, shouldve just made it into a loft bed instead of that skylight.

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  • Charlotte carlos

    July 26, 2019

    Odd, yet interesting.

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  • anne bowers

    July 26, 2019

    Stunning ideas

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  • Jazlyn McRavin

    July 27, 2019

    I love the bathroom

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  • Soraya Budiarti

    July 27, 2019

    💛

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  • Siamese Flower

    July 27, 2019

    Looks like a nice place for vacationing. Not so much for living, it's too synthetic.

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  • m8055

    July 27, 2019

    There's some great concepts, but personally I don't like folding beds and kitchens.. It just makes it a little "more" inaccessible. I want to grab something to eat and crash on my bed all the time!

    Reply
  • Girly things with Anezka

    July 30, 2019

    Shit hole

    Reply
  • Lian YL

    July 31, 2019

    The bathroom is scary! I may like it if its in different color tho

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  • XpetraXpazlX

    July 31, 2019

    If they made the kitchen look nicer. they could have had it visible.

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  • Jonathan Rachminov

    August 2, 2019

    brilliant toilet room design

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  • zack

    August 3, 2019

    This is what I like but where do I find these apartments?

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  • Mari Ann

    August 3, 2019

    Must be a drag when your tired too drunk coming home. It should had been atleast automated with a press of a button. But cool idea nonetheless!

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  • HolyWhisp

    August 3, 2019

    I feel like the skylights were all the guy was allowed to be in charge of 😂

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  • Shalieah

    August 6, 2019

    Oh shit. I’ve been owning my home for almost four years and haven’t given it a name! 🤦🏾‍♀️

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  • Shalieah

    August 6, 2019

    I LOVE small spaces. But, this space just isn’t doing it for me. Can’t quite put my finger on it. But, my face was scrunched the whole time I watched this.

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  • Olga Petrakova

    August 9, 2019

    Очень футуристично… но мне бы там было не уютно, как мне кажется. Будто я в космическом корабле нахожусь.

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  • Ivorysama

    August 11, 2019

    questionable at best.

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  • Dragonling

    August 13, 2019

    lol yep, they are 100% architect stereotypes.

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  • Kideli

    August 14, 2019

    Can somebody explane me what "the Bae" means.

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  • katrina a

    August 14, 2019

    add a lil 70s glamour into that tomb of a bathroom?

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  • Hope Hope's

    August 17, 2019

    Absolutely beautiful. .one of the best one's I've seen …Blessings guy's 💖

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  • Avril Crisp

    August 18, 2019

    I would much rather that the bathroom opened onto a small corridor than the living area. Always having to make the bed daily, another no. A kitchen with no work space. This all seemed emotionally cold and badly planned.

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  • Rohini Panakal

    August 18, 2019

    Love the bathroom but too much of the plywood look in the rest of the space.

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  • HD M

    August 23, 2019

    Love it👌😍😍💜🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

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  • INSTANT DISLIKE CHANNEL

    August 23, 2019

    so…thats how in the far future
    Humans gonna live
    STERILE

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  • Amanda Freitas

    August 25, 2019

    On a day to day basis, a person living there would let the kitchen and the bed exposed all the time. It's not practical to fold and unfold everything all the time. I study on my bed, use the kitchen all the time to make coffee. And I actually think the apartment looks prettier and cozier with the bed and the kitchen exposed.

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  • Blilas G

    August 28, 2019

    oh… love the bathroom, but the living area looks uncomfortable, not one chair with a backrest in sight.

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  • Quixotic

    August 29, 2019

    Feels like you're inside a plywood box. This doesn't look like a cosy home, it looks like the concept for a Scandinavian prison cell or something

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  • Fur & Bruce

    August 29, 2019

    That is small

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  • Abel Stearns

    August 29, 2019

    The objects that remain visible when everything is closed up are all striking, but only on second, third, and fourth glance. I did not initially like this space because of how sterile it initially seems. On second glance, the table is interesting. On third glance, the remaining 70s tile is striking. On 4th glance, the light on the wall, and other visible objects all have the appearance of delicately picked fruits.

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  • melopsicodelia

    August 30, 2019

    I don't like this one at all.

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  • Linda Skibell

    August 30, 2019

    Stark….no fabric/upholstery …..color.

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  • Sunny day

    August 31, 2019

    I would like very much to know how you get permission from the strata to knock the ceiling so you can extend the right to the roof and add skylights. and if you can claim that space, why not creating a loft in that pitch?

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  • Susan Lyons

    September 1, 2019

    The most uncomfortable space if there ever was one.

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  • Palatine of facts

    September 1, 2019

    that terrifying bathroom is straight outta a serial killer movie bruh

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  • Jeanne Canto

    September 2, 2019

    Honestly… I love this. It's beautiful and I love the bathroom.

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  • Kate

    September 2, 2019

    The ceiling and the bathroom are beautiful but the place feels so cold when the bed and the kitchen aren't out.

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  • ally mrtibl

    September 3, 2019

    this is my favorite by far

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  • Dion Suurmond

    September 4, 2019

    I like the simplicity of this. Instead of something like transforming furniture, this is just a kitchen hidden in a closet. Simply open the door and you have a kitchen. Some tiny home designers over complicate things, which kind of takes away from the liveability. You don't have to do a lot to actually access the functions of the house. Just open a door and you're done. Very nice!

    Once you add some plants and paintings this will look way less bland.

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  • Eliz Donovan

    September 4, 2019

    Love this apartment. It looks simple bit I know every inch was well planned. Congratulations on a wonderful build.
    🌲🌝☘️

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  • Agnieszka Anna

    September 4, 2019

    Complètement déprimant

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  • Maria

    September 5, 2019

    I don't like the color of the tiles I'm the bathroom. Too dark

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  • ADFDGGE

    September 6, 2019

    no sliding door plants, and a cozy balcony ??????????????? horrible

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  • tacefairy

    September 7, 2019

    An acoustically sealed bathroom is what every living space needs! Finally I can shit in peace

    Reply
  • Serene Holsclaw

    September 7, 2019

    "a good size pantry" I was waiting for more lol

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  • Heather Kim

    September 7, 2019

    it's really stunning place!

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  • Yarach

    September 7, 2019

    many things were very important here

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  • Lukas

    September 8, 2019

    I don't really like this. Wheres the personality? If I walked in and was to guess what the people living in it was like, what would I say? Nothing to derive interest here. I get the minimalist aesthetic, but this is sort of missing the "aesthetic" part of it. The beauty of minimalist comes from the simplicity and individuality of the so little amount of things you have. Those things say a lot about who you are. I just see some bland furniture with everything of potential interest hidden away behind the homogenous walls. Its like sitting inside an egg. I do like the bathroom though, and I like the heavy soundproof door

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  • Jéromine Thomas

    September 8, 2019

    "it was very important"

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  • Arominit

    September 9, 2019

    Not cosy, not cool, soulless

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  • Eda Love

    September 9, 2019

    i love the bathroom

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  • YURU CHIOU

    September 9, 2019

    It looks really cool
    But I dont like it

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  • Lis Nikoliqi

    September 9, 2019

    Nice but it's a bit sterile. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a very minimalistic look, but this looks like a waiting room or office space. I can't imagine myself getting cozy there

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  • bird

    September 9, 2019

    this ones amazinhg

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  • Bokang Phelane

    September 10, 2019

    It feels dead and the colour is so lifeless

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  • Human Complex

    September 10, 2019

    beautiful colors

    Reply
  • bal laurina

    September 10, 2019

    Hearing them talk about their apartment was a truly spiritual experience. I did not expect to ever say that.

    Reply
  • Valeria Guerrero

    September 11, 2019

    omg the BATHROOM and skylights!

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  • joel tibbs

    September 11, 2019

    the music reminds me of blade runner. anyone getting those vibes too?

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  • feathersstreet

    September 11, 2019

    the thing about this build is it wouldnt look so uncomfortable if the walls were painted any color other plywood, the table was bigger than a plate, had more interesting flooring, and had a more comfortable couch. how do you live in this? no clutter is nice but i cant imagine having that much floorspace and not like, actually using it

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  • Ronnie Kray

    September 12, 2019

    I don't like it. It's not cozy and there is no feeling of home

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  • Christine Aldret

    September 12, 2019

    The over head storages are useless if we are too small. No ladder, no special way to put things easily in these spaces. Another problem if the things are to be brought and are too heavy. Or heavy volumes. We need an access. To these places. Now, when the weather is too dark outside the colors are not warm enough inside. And i love wood. So it needs a touch of color from places to places. Good idea for the acoustic protection in the bathroom…the color of the walls are for me too dark. It is a style. But if someone depressed comes here. It is absolutely impossible… the windows they must be changed. At least to warm the studio. And In winter… an idea is asked to warm correctly the space. I appreciate the space. Good to practice yoga, or dance rehearsals. I would add a big mirror for instance and a barre for the classical exercises. With point shoes. I love the balcony. Good to eat outside in summer or as soon as sun comes. For the intimacy, Japanese rolling white or colored curtains can come from the ceiling. Near the windows or not too far. Welcoming sun and warmth.the colors may come from these panels. After all. Some of my creative ideas. 🤷🏻‍♀️😘🌷i like the idea that everything is in the walls. I loooove . Everything furniture on wheels in a little space, is required. Of course with a system to fix when needed.

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  • Daniel McNamara

    September 12, 2019

    the oven must be able to roast a chicken

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  • Cesar Ramírez

    September 13, 2019

    A psycho-killer would love this place.

    Reply
  • Dimple Chudasama

    September 13, 2019

    Did I miss tv? Where it is?

    Reply

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