Add to Itinerary

Type St Apartment

Architect: 1975, Tsai Design 2017

East | R15

Booked Out

Building Description

Every last centimetre has been maximised in this renovation to a 1970s one-bedroom walk-up apartment. Setting a benchmark for small footprint living, Type Street Apartment explores the central question: how can we fit a big house into a small unit? The solution is knowing where it pays to be generous.

At just 35m2, Type Street Apartment is a small project with big ambitions. With housing affordability a pressing issue, it offers an example of how to refurbish old apartments as a welcome alternative to conventional house ownership.

Working within the constraints of the original floor plan, the modest budget was poured into creating floor-to-ceiling, multifunctional cabinetry and wall systems. This feature conceals an abundance of storage in every room – a feature often lacking in apartment living. Working with a cabinetmaker who specialises in high-end hotels helped refine the finishes, with three prototyped versions of the fold-down dining table created to determine the best solution. Combining comfort and affordability, the apartment features a 4m long kitchen, a wine store, a sunlit window seat, a green house, and home studio area.

The project won three ArchiTeam awards: the 2018 Medal, 2018 Small Project Medal and 2018 Residential Alterations and Additions award.

Richmond, full address available on booking.

What's On

Walk through the apartment, guided by the architect/owner.


Save My Itinerary

You can save your itinerary for later by entering your email address and a password below. Then you can log in using other computers or devices like your smartphone, to access My Itinerary on the go.


Login to My Itinerary

Log in with your email address and password to access My Itinerary.

Forgot password?

Log Out