Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment

Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment


There is a lot to be said for living in the city, There is a lot to be said for living in the city,
where you can have everything that you want and need where you can have everything that you want and need
right on your doorstep. But there are challenges, But there are challenges,
city real estate can be very expensive. And sometimes that means living in a smaller space. Thankfully, good design can come to the rescue. And that is exactly the case with this next, stunning apartment that we’re about to visit, here in Northern Australia. Hey Doug, how’s it going, mate? Hey Doug, how’s it going, mate?
Hi, how are you? Hi, how are you?
Great, thank you! Really nice to meet you! Great, thank you! Really nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you too! This is a very cool part of town that you’re in, isn’t it? (chuckle) Yes, in the “it” part of town. Now you’re an architect, aren’t you? Now you’re an architect, aren’t you?
Yes, yes I am. So this must have been a really interesting opportunity for you to create something very special in your own home. Yeah it was a bit of an experiment, so this used to be a and was then converted to an apartment. So when I came along and saw the plan, I thought that it could use an update. Well, I am very excited to check out the inside of the apartment and see how you transformed it! Can we check it out?
Sure, after you. Thank you very much! This is such a great-looking space! It’s super-interesting the way that you’ve done all this. It looks like that you’ve essentially constructed everything out of plywood. Yep! I do want people to come in and see the apartment in So what size is this apartment? It’s 28 square metres, it’s roughly four and a half by six metres. What was some of the key characteristics that you wanted to put into this apartment? I think it was quite a primal instinct to have a cave as you come in and then open up toward the light in the next room. So coming in to the kitchen and seeing a glimpse of the light beyond is quite something. So the existing condition of the apartment was really luxurious in the sense that they had a full bath in the bathroom. So, you know, the bathroom becomes a lot more utilitarian than potentially what they used to have. And I’ve thought the kitchen should absorb a bit of that space. So what I did was knock down load-bearing walls in this apartment and to provide a clear space within the internals of the apartment we put in a beam and the beam runs across the width of the apartment It’s about 7.4 metres And what it does is it picks up the load from above It’s keyed into the walls on either sides, and allows me to place walls as I want in the internal space. And, talk to me about your kitchen space! So I found that 1.8 metres is all you need for a kitchen. And the width is quite limited, so what happens is if you go deep then you find you have more than enough space for prepping food and then maybe washing vegetables, and then you just move out to the side and then when you’re washing up the dishwater is where you need it to be on the right. And what about the storage in the kitchen? The storage is full height it’s just to give you that sense of space in the kitchen and what happens is you can access it from both sides so practically when you’re reaching for food stuff down here on the other side, there’s a step-up that allows you to reach the items that are a bit higher-up in the cupboard. It’s really interesting what you’ve done here because you’ve got these very beautiful, modern fixtures that are built in with plywood But it’s offset against the original brick in the building. Yeah, so high contrast is what I’m after And I like what you’ve done here with the space for putting your shoes. the detail was just to create an alcove for the shoes. And then I see you’re even hiding a washing machine in there as well! and there’s a washer-dryer combo. kettle, rice cooker and then it flows into a sort of threshold space. And then before moving into the living space proper, we have your bathroom in here. Right, so what I wanted to do is have the tiles visually continue from the kitchen to the bathroom. And then at the end of that you have this full height into what is actually a very small space. It certainly does. One of the things that I especially like in the bathroom is the way that you’ve done the lighting. Having that light panel come through from the living room is such a nice touch. small space and that feeling is intensified by the colour of the tiles and the proportions of the bathroom so what I wanted to do was to have light at both ends so you can still have that feeling of openness and extension of light even though it’s a small space. So it’s about contrast again offsetting dark against light about textures That is undoubtedly something that you have done very well in this space. Thank you. Now I am excited to see what you’ve done in your living space! Can we check that out?
Ok, step through! This is just so nice. It’s so interesting, the way that you’ve created these two very different feelings/spaces inside the home. The first area with the kitchen and the bathroom felt a little bit darker, a little bit more enclosed, and then walking into this space, you just have a complete here it’s just a living space so it’s more about that feeling of relief as you come in to the light. So the irony is that in a tiny apartment what you want to do is to create some separation of zones. So the functional zones as you enter and the clear living space for the bulk of the space. And what we did was think of the functionality of the three zones, at the front, there’s the kitchen, this sort of little threshold/wardrobe. and then there’s the bathroom. The arrangement of which creates this combination of a portal and And then we have your workspace here. Now this is a very important place in your home because obviously you’re an architect and you do a lot of your work from home. Yeah so, it’s nice being able to be in the space, in the mornings especially, and then feeling the sun shift from this side over to the west throughout the day and feeling that passage of time within the living space. And talk to me about the workspace that you’ve created here. pushes the boundaries of what is practical In this instance, I wanted a work desk All the clutter and and then what I do when I wanna play

100 thoughts on “Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment

  1. I enjoy reading comments! Some talking about the apartment, others about him being a philosopher and most importantly, Doug stealing hearts of the viewers. 😂😂 uWu

  2. Theres no need to include the host asking these stock questions. Just let the architects talk. The host comes off as such a bro and ruins the thoughtfulness of the design

  3. Wow you rarely see guys like this these days. A guy so determined to apply what he’s learned. This guy has taken the principles and lessons he’s learned in life, education, and work, and completely applied it to this home. Like his demeanor and his philosophy are so in line with how he designed this house. Everything has a purpose. Great episode.

  4. as human we really dont need that much space to live in… I like how he said that "people are adaptable", that really open up my mind…

  5. Its tooooooo good. U r really good 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👐👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

  6. Beautifully designed….it is actually a very different take on the concept of studio apartments with bed and a sofa and storage, etc…really inspiring.

  7. I like how simple and functional it is, i'm the exact opposite of it, but trying to find a balance, this is inspirational! Thank you both for sharing it!

  8. Am I the only one depressed by the immediate black as soon as you walk in? Just the black sink I could barley tell what it was. I loved the bright color (the whitey kind of color) the black sink just wrecks it and the black, black and more black!

  9. I would move away the colour black as much as I could, when it comes to design, clothing or anything! black’s okay if you keep it to a minimum but that bathroom is not appealing!

  10. thanks for this video. i recently saw douglas' apartment in a shorter video and wanted to see more. definitely one of my top favorite small living spaces i've come across.

  11. OMG. I l only just found this channel. For the last three months my wife and I have been trying to make our small apartment in Shanghai more livable through simplicity but yet modernity and are in need of inspiration. Brilliant channel.

  12. Am I the only one who couldn't understand architect's words? I hope I'm not. I opened the subtitles but the person who writes the subs, didn't write the architect's words so, it didn't help me well.

  13. Doug has done a super fabulous job it is beautiful and functional space and it looks so peaceful, great job beautiful work

  14. personally i would have done all the woodwork in brownish ..like mahogany or rosewood just for the color not the material (but its not like i can 🙂 awesome mind this fella has

  15. Pretty cool, but most people won't be able to knock out a load-bearing wall in an apartment. A house you own? Sure.

  16. Is this more so interior design or architect, I know there’s architecture in interior design but still curious

  17. Nice apartment, but what a lot of people forget is that a proper bed is very important. We sleep aproximatly 1/3th of our lives and I don’t think that a single matress on top of a wooden plank is ideal for your back.
    Treat yourselves to a good bed, people!

  18. very clever- the contrast from dark to light makes the small space appear much bigger.lots of clever little multi uses. genius!

  19. Woow … nice. That reference to religious place is so thoughtful reminds me of Garbagreh of temples.. how small passages lead to big rooms where idols are kept. Nice.

  20. Architects focus on working on big projects and buldings. Really good to see someone focusing on real small spaces. I am looking to buy a reasonable space for myself hope to get some tips from you Douglas. 😇😊

  21. Each time I see these beautiful well thought through projects, I feel happy and sad too, I see so much of space being wasted in India and US. Especially in India, with all the looting by the British and the wealthy people inside the country, too much poverty, and the penchant for marriages and gold. Nothing zen like for the people to live in, and it is always totally unnecessary worrisome issues. Why can't people design and live so functionally, and neatly too, Hmm, I worry too much. Love the studio and the philosophical outlook of the young man. Thank you Bryce, 🙂

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