NEVER TOO SMALL ep.18 26.5m2 Micro Apartment Design – The Bae

NEVER TOO SMALL ep.18 26.5m2 Micro Apartment Design – The Bae


my name is Alec Nielsen and I’m an
architect and my name is Liz Walsh and I’m also an architect The Bae is located in Sandy Bay in Hobart Tasmania The original apartment block was built in
1972 there are 12 units in this apartment The Bae is 26.5 square meters in total
the original services kitchen and bathroom were marginally bigger than
what we have now so one of the main strategies was to really consolidate and
couple the services to the back walls this provides more flexible floor
plate for however you’d like to use the space exactly for us the main driving
design idea for the apartment was looking at how we can actually increase
the sense of space through the addition of the two skylights and by adding the
two skylights we’ve been able to make the tiny footprint actually feel quite
spacious and generous also another advantage of the scarlet is that were
able to capture north light and by pulling out the carpet we exposed the
slab which acts as thermal mass for keeping the apartment warm during winter
we’ve retained a strip of the original 70s tiles at the front we wanted to have
traces of the history and of that 70s fabric that was really important in small spaces leaving one of the the things that seems to come up a lot
particularly in bed set type apartments is that the bed is always visible in
the living space so we wanted the flexibility to be able to fold the bed
up you know open the kitchen and actually use it as a living and we’ve
also pushed the kitchen back so it actually feels like it’s in a nook it’s
actually not flush with the rest of the space so it’s you know about delineating
zones it was really important that we provided a good sized pantry it was also
really important that the storage was deep enough and wide enough to
accommodate a full height fridge and oven that we could roast the chicken in I think it was also really important to
include the glass splashback so they extended the view while you’re in
the kitchen one of the advantages of introducing the
skylights and creating the pitched volume internally was creating overhead
storage it was really important that the bathroom and the main living spaces have quite
different aesthetics and one of the primary design drivers for the door with
that it felt heavy and private and acoustically separate from this space
you could close that heavy door it’s almost acoustically sealed it feels like
a cloister in there yeah so there was an introduction of a skylight within the
bathroom so that washed the wall behind the shower and we liked the idea of
bringing a little bit of 70s glamour into the space so picking up on the
color of the existing tiles pulling that into the bathroom we’re really looking
at how we can be economical and functional in our material choices but
the things that you touch and that a tactile actually have patina and have a
bit more glamour we really wanted those things to kind of yeah to pop and be an
experience in themselves retrofitting existing apartments is hugely
important for future living as resources become more and more finite
it’s so critical that we start to reuse adapt reimagine what our existing
building stock is with better amenity and I think a better sense of community
yeah I don’t think apartment living needs to be compromised I actually think
it can be a joy to live in

100 thoughts on “NEVER TOO SMALL ep.18 26.5m2 Micro Apartment Design – The Bae

  1. Its so bare and monotonous, not to mention the hassle of tucking the kitchen wall and bed in and out everytime you need to use it. Those hinges have a breaking point and would require troublesome maintenance once it actually do. I like the idea of a skylight on both the living space and bathroom, I just wish that the wood texture couldve stopped at the cabinets and allowed the ceiling to be stucco white that could bounce off more light into the room and make it feel lighter as compared to having wood on the ceiling which seems to look heavier and too overpowering. And the bathroom, such an awful choice of tile pattern and color. I understand that they want to mimic the tile pattern found at the entrance but that's a vast difference to what they actually ended up using which is a narrow vertical dark maroon tiles ALL OVER the walls. A better alternative considering the size of the bathroom would be to have an accent wall having the same tile pattern as the entrance (small squares) on the shorter side of the shower underneath the skylight, and the rest of the walls to either be bare or use big square light colored tiles to reflect more light inside from the skylight.

  2. That bathroom looks quite scary for me. Maybe I'd rather leave the door open while I'm inside. Looks like an evil entity is living inside that small space.

  3. I thought airplane bathroom were the worst bathrooms I could use. Everybody knows small spaces get painted with brighter colors.

  4. This room makes me somehow uneasy. I don't know what it is but from the first second they showed the apartment I started to feel uneasy.

  5. Idk why this living space kinda scares me, the color they choose for the floor, walls and even the bathroom arent in my taste at all, but im sure others would love it

  6. It’s so bare and unfriendly looking. There’s no space for friends to eat, nothing on the walls – it’s all the same colour.

  7. Some of their ideas are really really good but I’d personally need more difference in my house, I couldn’t live in all plywood

  8. The concept is nice but it's quite…suffocating. Some colour, texture, and perhaps plants would give the living space some life. The bathroom, while I appreciate the thought of having the acoustics contained within its walls, is quite 'heavy' in a sense that you don't get the feeling of comfort at all. It's quite ironic that a comfort room lacks the comfort it should have provided.

  9. I cant take a bath on that bathroom ill suffocate myself i have phobia on closed surfaces.. . Im dying its hard to watch that part .. cringy.

  10. I think it would've looked better if they wood concealing the kitchen and the bedroom were replaced with a sliding glass door instead. It would keep the spaces divided while making the room look less empty

  11. It most likely feels totally different when you're actually in this space but I feel claustrophobic just looking at this design. They say it feels open but that's just because they hid everything behind panels which to for me just makes me feel uncomfortable with the space, like theres something to hide.

    And yes I know in a small space you need to hide certain things but this feels a bit overboard and too clean.

  12. The ground is a bad choice. Makes it look rough and cold gives no character. This is my least favorite one ive seen so far.

  13. Super cold, unfriendly and lonely room… I would never go for such design… The panels look like an insulator in a psychiatric clinic….

  14. reading the comments people require a lot, but what is the costs, ? I have looked at capsules, with share falsity, great for the homeless, . but they rather spend there money on drugs, . 138°35'30.39"E 35°33'23.76"S how many people can live there ?

  15. super interesting work! Very specific taste, but must be wonderful for people who are outdoors a lot (which is logical at that location!)

  16. Definitely not for me. I've never liked folding beds. A mirrored splash-back for the kitchen space is horrible… I get wanting to reflect light, but the splatter on that is going to be a nightmare. The bathroom… oh the bathroom… Those tiles are horrendously dark and would be a nightmare to clean.

  17. there is a sense of space but it doesn't feel like you can do a whole lot in it and it feels cold. Now to be fair maybe on a warm sunny day in the summer the flat could feel comfy.

  18. "As resources become more and more finite" define resource. "we need to adapt and reimagine what our current building stock is" – ya, take that same imagination and apply it to resources. with the appropriate innovation, anything and everything becomes a resource.

  19. I don't know if this is just because I'm an artist or what but that place needs some nice colorful paintings NOW!

  20. i actually love it!!! wood and windows make my heart soar and this place has both (and skylights omg)

    my only issue: wouldn't cooking stink up the whole apartment? my family's always had a separate kitchen for this reason; maybe it's because we use a wok and stir-fry things a lot!

  21. There's literally zero reason behind closing off the kitchen. The bed makes perfect sense, you don't really need your bed during day time and being able to put it away provides a good amount of space. But closing off the kitchen literally loses you space, as well as making the room feel smaller because now it's all the same color, flushed with the wall. Also, the bathroom feels like a dungeon. 1970 we're a lot about contrast, and if they paired the dark green tiles with a golden style light, it'd probably feel nice and glamorous, but like this it just feels like something from the Saw movie.

    The whole apartment feels more like a wanna-be art showpiece than actually something someone would live in. Doubt anyone would last long in it in the state it's presented.

  22. Alot of times I find these so called pros make the same over complicated n make it way worse. Thia place is big enough for.comy sectional tv even separate bd but they turned into this

  23. i adore this space, minus the bathroom, i appreciate the thought behind it but the dark tile creates too much of a closed in feeling for me

  24. Never Too Small! This channel is valuable because it gives us the opportunity to witness how the role of functional and aesthetic priorities helps inhabitants and the designers they work with to form paradigms that in turn, inform design. If you've ever structurally renovated spaces – with your own mind and hands from the ground up – you'll find that at a certain point, a space and its limitations will guide you. Still, some problems require a trek into the inconceivable.

    The most useful tools to those who are actually in it: paradigms. Loose principles/thoughts/ways of thinking that inspire us to solve problems in new and interesting ways while staying true to the non-linear qualities a true designer juggles alongside objective factors. This channel offers said paradigms direct, raw and fresh from the minds of experienced homeowners and designers. We're lucky to live in a time where so many are free and willing to share their insights on these matters, and the medium to do it is so readily accessed. From this one video, I have noted at least two very interesting thoughts I may end up using later on.

    It is a double-edged thing though – as we can see in the comments. I find it more than a little predictable and boring to see personal taste comments framed as "rules" or "standards" when it's obvious this channel is about custom spaces that are not designed for anyone other than those who live in them. If it were possible to democratize design to a point where it satisfied everyone, there would be no more design, and everyone would have long since been lobotomized. Watching HGTV, painting a few rooms of your McMansion and curating posts you deem as "minimal" on pinterest and instagram isn't at all related – in any way, shape or form – to design thinking.

    Try engaging in additive conversation rather than making tired, vague assertions with no intention of considering a response. Your personal taste versus this or any creative work in any medium is as pointless and devoid of context as a pickup line on some random person at a bar who you've targeted merely on aesthetics.

    If you're truly interested in design, then eliminate themes of personal approval vs disapproval, as the world is more nuanced than a social media button implies. These fundamental shifts in thinking will help one to develop empathy and perception, and in turn, design sensibility. (Assuming you really do want to be a part of the conversation that is art and design, otherwise, curate onward.)

  25. I think the kitchen panel shouldn't be there, it makes the place look smaller when it's closed. And the bathroom is so dark it makes public restrooms more tempting.

  26. i love the idea of this and the wood paneling actually looks cozy (i'm a sucker for geometric shape aesthetics) BUT i would have to add a lot of personal touches to make the space feel lively if I were to live in it. As it is right now, it's too sterile.

  27. Plywood everywhere would make me feel like living in a closet…
    For instance, I'd remove that part covering the kitchen. Why not let it visible? It breaks the "sameness" of this apartment.

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