Type Street Apartment by tsai Design

Different functions transit in a 35 square meters space

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非常感谢 tsai Design 予gooood分享以下内容。Appreciation towards tsai Design for providing the following description:

Type Street公寓是一个70年代一居室小公寓的改造翻新项目,面积为35平方米。项目设计是对小型住宅运动的支持,也是对抛弃文化和过度消费的现代生活方式的质疑。

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.

▼公寓空间概览,view of the apartment




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.

▼入口区域,entrance area




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.

▼公寓内部空间透视图,perspective view of the interior space




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.

▼内部窗户使厨房从洗手间引入北侧光照,internal window provides the kitchen with northern light from the bathroom


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.

▼洗手间内部被植物覆盖的主墙,the main wall in the bathroom is covered with plants


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.

▼可滑出的餐桌,the slide out dining table

▼灵活的家具使两种功能在同一空间中转化,flexible joinery to make it an effortless transition between the 2 functions

▼电视区域可以作为工作区,the tv area can transform to working area




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.

▼内部木色白色为主的简洁的色调,the simple woody and white material palette inside

▼银蓝色编织地板为榻榻米营造了一种现代感,silvery blue woven vinyl flooring give a contemporary sense to tatami flooring



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
Project size-35 m2
Completion date-2017

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