Melbourne architect Clare Cousins transformed an 800-square-foot, one bedroom apartment into an open and flexible studio and living space for a creative couple, Paul Marcus Fuog (designer and founder of CoÃ¶p) and Dan Honey (partner of Office for Good Design), and their two year old daughter. Creating a unified aesthetic with inexpensive plywood, Cousins conjured two sleeping areas (by creating a box within a box), along with a warm, utilitarian kitchen. Have a lookâ€”and if you like what you see, note that the apartment is available to rent on Air BNB.
Above: While only 800 square feet, the studio apartmentâ€”viewed here from the entryâ€”has tall ceilings and windows on three of its four walls which contribute to the bright, expansive feel of the space. The ladder leads to a storage loft.
Above L: A plywood box within the apartment provides storage as well as two bedrooms. Above R: The master bedroom is accessed from the living room. Photography by Lisbeth Grosman via Desire to Inspire.
Above: The stacking toys on the table are wooden prototypes handmade and developed in collaboration with Balinese craftsmen as part of Field Experiments, a three month design project Fuog undertook in Bali. We like the succulents in the graniteware bowl.
Above: The dining area is situated between the living room and kitchen.
Above: The kitchen’s plywood cabinets seem to grow out of the wooden floor, and are finished with a white laminate countertop that turns down the side and becomes a frame. (For another plywood counter treatment, see An Architect’s Tiny Kitchen in Dublin.) The original floor boards were resanded and coated with a clear finish. Photography by Lisbeth Grosman via Desire to Inspire.
Above: An electroplated gold faucet adds an element of glamor and surprise to the modest kitchen. In Steal This Look: The Modern Plywood Kitchen, Gold Faucet Edition, we show you how to recreate the kitchen. Like the cutout cabinet handles? See 10 Favorites: Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls for more examples.
Above: More handcrafted souvenirs from Fuog’s work in Bali sit on a midcentury Danish sideboard.
Above: The plywood master bedroom incorporates built-in storage and a headboard that serves as a dividing wall between the master bedroom and the child’s bedroom on the other side of the box. Photography by Lisbeth Grosman via Desire to Inspire.
Above: The storage loft bridges the plywood bedrooms box and the bathroom. The white sliding door leads to the child’s room, and the front door is situated under the loft.
Above: The cube within the cube: the child’s room.
Above: In the bathroom, Cousins created interesting tile patterns from simple white tiles and carried over the gold hardware from the kitchen.
Above L: The apartment is in an 1898 building in the center of Melbourne. Above R: Go to Air BNB if you’re interested in renting the place for the night (two night minimum), week, or month. Photography by Lisbeth Grosman via Desire to Inspire.
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Below: The apartment is located on Flinders Lane, a historic section of Melbourne.
For another memorable loftâ€”with waterfall and moatâ€”see our recent post about architect David Ling’s Life on the Edge.