Nano Pad by Studio Prineas
This snug 22 square metre apartment by Studio Prineas redefines compact city living. Situated in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the short-stay accommodation has been thoughtfully planned-out to ensure every feature of the home enables maximum function. No element has a single-use, with drawers, doors and hidden storage tucked away at every opportunity.
In the main room, a partitioned wall separates the living and sleeping areas. A mirrored splashback in the moody kitchen effectively opens up the dark space, and optimally positioned windows drench the interiors in light. A stand-out design feature in the Nano Pad is undoubtedly the custom TV alcove; a testament to clever design on a small scale.
Stadswoning Townhouse by TJIP
A gentle, calming home in Ghent, Belgium, the Stadswoning Townhouse is the home of TJIP lead designer Thomas Meeschaert. “We wanted to build a small house that has a great feeling of space, so we worked around daylight. Every corner of our house feels spacious and light,” Thomas says. “All of the materials are natural, which was very important to us […] it makes our house feel natural.”
The tactile home layers materials based on a spectrum of grey, beige and white that remains consistent in each space. Through minimal wall finishings and furniture, the Stadswoning Townhouse confirms compact living doesn’t have to feel so.
The Home of Architect James Garvan
Closer to home in Sydney’s beachside suburb of Clovelly lives architect James Garvan and his family, in a modest 62sqm apartment. Secret pivoting panels divide the shared and private spaces through plywood joinery finished with bespoke brass handles. An open shelving unit separates the dining and living room and hidden storage compartments are dotted throughout the home.
Calming and familial, the apartment embodies a relaxed sense of warmth, backed by James Garvan’s exceptional craftsmanship. “A key ambition of mine is to create homes that are ambitious and progressive but feel humble, comfortable and welcoming. In this way, great contemporary architecture can also be homely,” James says.