This sleek and impactful apartment was designed in 2013 by Australian based firm Daarc – Architects + Interiors. Located in Brisbane, Australia, the small apartment was designed to maximize light, space and river views, for a small growing family.
In order to maximize the 100 m² space, Daarc demolished all existing walls and replaced them with sleek multipurpose units that provide storage, divide the space, and incorporate lighting fixtures. The units were all finished in high gloss 2-pac white and black finishes. By keeping the material palette to a minimum, Daarc managed to achieve maximum impact and drama within the apartment.
The entrance to the apartment leads into an open-concept space that houses the kitchen, lounge area and a small office. Dividing the common areas from the more private spaces, the elongated sinuous shapes of the custom units lengthen the perspective and give the illusion of a larger space. The white gloss finish brings nature into the apartment by reflecting the light and the external river views.
The black and white theme is carried through into the two bathrooms and master bedroom, featuring the same high gloss finish that give the impression of a much larger space. The main bathroom is separated from the kids room by a 3 meters long fish tank that adds colour and light, as well as makes the transition to a much brighter, youthful space.
The master bedroom incorporates a full height drawer storage wall in the same white gloss finish. “You really can never have too much storage”, shares with us Daarc.
While the designers achieved to create the illusion of a much larger space through carefully selected materials, and unique custom furniture, the task did not come without its challenges. The biggest challenge, shares Daarc, was that “components had to be small enough to be brought up in a small 2mx2m lift or over the balcony as access into the unit was very limited.”
Through bold design choices, creative use of materials and light, Daarc stepped away from the traditional mentality of what a home should be, and managed to transform this small apartment into an enchanting space.
Project name: Unit 23
Type of project: Residential Interior
Designer: Daarc – Architects + Interiors
Design Team: Simone Barr + Rod Barr
Location: Kangaroo Point, QLD, Australia
Date of project: September 2013
Size of project: 100 m²
Awards: Royal Australian Institute of Architects – Regional Commendation, Dulux Colour Award, HOUSES Award Shortlist
Materials: 2-Pac Low VOC MDF, Reconstituted Stone Cladding
Photography Credit: Scott Burrows, Aperture Architectural Photography
*All images and information courtesy of Daarc – Architects + Interiors.