A 70sqm apartment, in architect Harry Seidler’s 42 storey The Horizon building, which went from a one bedroom to a two bedroom by making better use of space. It does this by reconfiguring (and better utilising) space that what was previously only used for circulation. The kitchen, laundry and bathroom were also shrunk in size. They are no bigger than what is functionally needed.

Project Name: Horizon Apartment
Studio Name: Stephen Collier
Project size: 70 m2
Completion date: 2014
Building levels: 1
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photography: Peter Bennetts

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View of kitchen ©Peter Bennetts

It also opens up the bathroom to views, natural light and ventilation. The lack of these three things in most apartment buildings (with their dark enclosed bathrooms and mechanical ventilation) is a bugbear of ours. We are always looking for ways to improve the design of apartments so this project was a further exploration of this obsession.

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Kids Bedroom ©Peter Bennetts

The apartment can be made into one big room, for a single occupant or a couple. Or it can be closed down (with moveable walls) to create separate bedrooms in one of two ways: as a one bedroom with a generous living area or as a two bedroom with a smaller but still practical and comfortably proportioned living area. Both bedrooms and living area have plenty of natural light and air.

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Living Space ©Peter Bennetts

The arrangement of furniture is loose and variable, allowing the dining area to work equally well at both the centre of the apartment and at the outer edge. Ample storage for everything from shoes to dirty laundry and audio-visual equipment is also provided.

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