St.Kilda Micro Sanctuary

St Kilda, Melbourne

A home for you, a holiday pad for others.

Designed for a travelling couple, they wanted the apartment to be hosted as Airbnb when they are away from the country.

The apartment is only 25m2 in size, the smallest of the apartment we’ve done to date. The original apartment feels very modest and uninspired, it feels like you can seethe whole apartment immediately as you take your first step into the unit, We wanted to change that, so we created a hero piece in the centre of the apartment that you have to walk around, creating the impression of a larger space, inside the hero unit hide the wet area, which is in a completely different vibe to the rest of the apartment, to create a sense of depth and layering to the space. Outside, the idea is to have all the spaces you expected in a house, including a queen-size bed, lounge space, TV station, dining space and kitchen. Client themselves came up with a really smart idea with a modular couch, that enabled us to use it for both lounging and dining, simply by repositioning the back rest.

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The  moment you walk in to the apartment, the copper finished joinery is the hero  of the space, by having the studio in a calm and pale colour palette. The  joinery is the heart of the apartment, wrapping around the existing walls, housing  kitchen storage, wardrobe, a folded-up study desk and display book shelves.

The  kitchen is repositioned in front of the big window, and we extended the  kitchen benchtop on top of the window sill and maximize the prep space. Under  the bench, we have bins storage, drawers for cutlery, dishdrawer, fridge  drawer and a stand-alone microwave oven. Cookware and dining ware are all  housed in the copper joinery.

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Queen  size bed is at the darkest corner of the apartment, with a block-our curtain to  separate from the living area, as the client would want to sleep at the  complete-dark environment. Wardrobe is next to the bed and there is extra hanging under the overhead shelf. There is also a small fold-up study on the  side of the joinery.

Bathroom  is behind the concealed pivot door, with the copper panel extended into the  wall which makes the copper joinery a complete unit. The shower area is a  surprised terracotta painted, quite a contrast to rest of the space.