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Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment / Catseye Bay Design

  • 17:00 - 27 July, 2016
Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment / Catseye Bay Design
Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment  / Catseye Bay Design, © Kat Lu
© Kat Lu

© Kat Lu Courtesy of Catseye Bay Design © Kat Lu Courtesy of Catseye Bay Design +22

  • Architects

    Catseye Bay Design
  • Location

    Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
  • Area

    36.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu

From the architect. Sydney, Australia: This bold, sensitively designed 36 sq metre studio apartment in an art deco building in Sydney’s inner east. The initial brief was for a space suitable for short term rental, like Air BnB, however the result is equally suited to long term occupancy. 

Courtesy of Catseye Bay Design
Courtesy of Catseye Bay Design
Plan
Plan

The apartment is the work of Sarah Jamieson, Director of design studio Catseye Bay, who approached the brief through an open-ended, exploratory process, sitting in the space, allowing its possibilities to unfold, and seeing what it would yield/give up, before taking those ideas through model making and in-situ prototyping processes. 

Courtesy of Catseye Bay Design
Courtesy of Catseye Bay Design

The studio now functions as a one bedroom living space, revealing its delights and small moments slowly, over time. It makes clever use of bespoke joinery that draws on the resources of both architecture and furniture to carve out volumes that ‘borrow’ space from each other. The joinery works functionally and visually, accommodating multiple uses, sight lines, separation and flow through the space. 

© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu

A small kitchen and a bathroom – even a bath - are included. There is space to sit, to read, to work, to look out, to walk out from the bathroom and enter a generous ‘dressing room’ space, to cook and chat with a friend, to slide open the windows to the street, and of course, to sleep, in a ‘bedroom’ with wide window views. 

Plan
Plan

Walking into the studio, the visitor is first lead around a bold, sinuous and uncompromising form – which also functions as generous wardrobe space – then swoops around to reveal the essentials required to sleep, sit and store. Similarly, a curved endpiece to the kitchen bench resolves the cook/ eat/talk/wash up functions quite simply, blending them into one space, and concealing the detail with a strong curved form. 

© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu

The location and orientation of the larger joinery unit within the space was key. By aligning the seating/lounge with the windows, Sarah has essentially created a ‘living room’ space as well as a bedroom… when sitting in the bed, looking towards the window, it feels like the whole space is a triangular bedroom.. 

© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu

Materials are an important part of how the apartment works, and feels. Wood, tiles, painted surfaces and fabrics have been carefully chosen to draw the visitor in close, to create warmth and a sense of lightness, and a sense of calm. 

© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu

The two curved pieces of joinery are beautifully crafted in birch ply by Wayne Mavin & Co, and then painstakingly hand finished. Other materials and finishes have been simply retained and refurbished, including the original pine flooring. 

© Kat Lu
© Kat Lu

“The art of a chair is not its resemblance to art, but is partly its reasonableness, usefulness and scale as a chair. These are proportion, which is visible reasonableness.... A work of art exists as itself; a chair exists as a chair itself. And the idea of a chair isn’t a chair.” – Donald Judd, 1986

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