Fitzroy Micro-apartment, Australia by WHDA

Exploring existenzminimum of mini apartment

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The micro-apartment is sited between a university campus and a burgeoning creative quarter, in a 1950s apartment block of identical studios originally built for nurses’ accommodation. At 28 square metres, the project is yet another iteration in the study of micro apartments epitomised by a return to the fundamentals of dwelling and access to the vibrancy of the city.

▼公寓入口,entrance of the apartment ©Sherman Tan


▼门厅地板抬高隐藏管道设备,the raised threshold conceals pipework  ©Sherman Tan

▼钢梁插入墙中, steel beam was inserted walls ©Sherman Tan

We relied on familiar design strategies for small spaces; amplified depth of views, reduced materiality, and monumental expression. Framing of intermediate and distant views entwine spaces of high contrasting atmospheres. Joinery extends from wall to wall or floor to ceiling, where the junctions between uneven brick and the edges of ply were painstakingly carved to match. All existing internal walls were demolished and a 4.5 metre long steel beam was inserted to pick up loads from above. Craned up, threaded through the door and keyed into parti walls, the beams allow for the free organisation of elements, maximisation of filtered northern light and through ventilation.

▼木制家具与白色砖墙拼接,wooden furniture jointed with white brick wall ©Sherman Tan 


▼木制柜体成为隔断,wooden cabinet becomes partition ©Sherman Tan 

▼可从隔断看向厨房,view of the kitchen from the partition ©Sherman Tan 

▼隔断柜体中木板包裹的通道,board-wrapped aisle in partition cabinets ©Sherman Tan 

A veneer of ancillary spaces and storage shields the living space from the corridor, wrapped around steel and sheathed in pale ply. This comprised of a triad of compartments; kitchen, bathroom and threshold. An extra deep bench-top is both easy mise en place and servery, its 1.8m wide dimensions allowing for the full complement of compact appliances and storage. Black tiles grouted red clad the bathroom from floor to ceiling, intensifying its already intimate proportions. Coterminous between kitchen and bathroom, the raised threshold conceals pipework and shoes, laundry and wardrobe, forming a compressive portal to the living space.

▼从走廊看向起居室,view of the living space from aisle ©Sherman Tan 


▼隔板可作双人床也可作8人座椅,floating platform that sleeps 2 or seats 8 ©Sherman Tan 

As de rigueur of compact living spaces that oscillate between ascetic and social modes, the living room is ambiguously considered in its affordances, characterised only by its orientation towards easterly views of converted warehouses and neighbourhood shop houses. With a textural backdrop of brick painted white, the living space eschews furniture in conventional form for a floating platform that sleeps 2 or seats 8; the simplest gesture possible.

▼厨房,kitchen ©Sherman Tan 

▼厨房操作台嵌入柜体,kitchen countertop embedded in cabinet ©Sherman Tan 

▼浴室铺设黑色瓷砖,bathroom with black tiles ©Sherman Tan 

▼ 轴测分解图,axonometric exploded drawing ©WHDA

▼平面图,plan ©Sherman Tan 

Project size: 28 m2
Completion date: 2018
Project team: WHDA
Photographer: Sherman Tan

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