A Tiny Apartment Successfully Transformed Into An Amazing Modern Home

Not everyone would jump at the occasion to move into a tiny home but before you dismiss the idea we suggest you have a look at this amazing project completed by architect Jack Chen of Tsai Design. He purchased the micro apartment which is located in a 1970s building in Melbourne with the intention of turning it into his own perfect home.

The original layout of the apartment was modified to suit a mode modern and flexible lifestyleView in gallery
The original layout of the apartment was modified to suit a mode modern and flexible lifestyle

The apartment measures only 376 square feet which is around 35 square meters and its original layout was not great, featuring a rather awkward floor plan and a non-functional small kitchen that only had a sink. The transformation was amazing, bringing all sorts of wonderful features and improvements and proving that in order to decorate a small apartment first you need to figure out what the priorities are.

The overall palette of colors, finishes and materials is very simpleView in gallery
The overall palette of colors, finishes and materials is very simple
A small desk similar to a shelf is part of the living area, being situated next to the window benchView in gallery
A small desk similar to a shelf is part of the living area, being situated next to the window bench
The desk area can be completely hidden when not needed, making room for the living room TVView in gallery
The desk area can be completely hidden when not needed, making room for the living room TV
The sleeping area is small but doesn't look or feel tiny thanks to its airy interior designView in gallery
The sleeping area is small but doesn’t look or feel tiny thanks to its airy interior design
The bedroom is a separate area but still looks connected to the social areaView in gallery
The bedroom is a separate area but still looks connected to the social area

In this case the main goal was to make the tiny apartment feel bigger than it actually is by using a lot of layering and overlapping of functions as well as a simple material palette and a breezy set of colors and finishes. Finding the right furniture for a small space can be a real challenge so here the solution was to build a large floor-to-ceiling wall unit out of wood, sort of like a timber box which stretches between the entryway and the bathroom and which offers plenty of storage for everything.

The bike is suspended on the wall and becomes an eye-catching decoration for the living roomView in gallery
The bike is suspended on the wall and becomes an eye-catching decoration for the living room

Other clever storage ideas include the hanging bike rack and the fold-down dining table. The success of this project has a lot to do with the concept of multifunctional spaces. The transition between 2 functions is effortless, making living in a tiny apartment not only practical but also enjoyable.

The kitchen was completely transformed, now featuring lots of storage and a generous counter spaceView in gallery
The kitchen was completely transformed, now featuring lots of storage and a generous counter space
A large fold-down dining table can be easily assembled whenever neededView in gallery
A large fold-down dining table can be easily assembled whenever needed
The entryway is small but very space-efficient, featuring a clever, custom-made storage unit with pegs, slots and shelvesView in gallery
The entryway is small but very space-efficient, featuring a clever, custom-made storage unit with pegs, slots and shelves
The originally tiny kitchen was expended and turned into a storage-efficient, open and very welcoming spaceView in gallery
The originally tiny kitchen was expended and turned into a storage-efficient, open and very welcoming space
The bathroom is placed next to the kitchen and it too looks refreshing and beautifulView in gallery
The bathroom is placed next to the kitchen and it too looks refreshing and beautiful
The timber surfaces and units featured throughout the apartment create a warm and inviting vibeView in gallery
The timber surfaces and units featured throughout the apartment create a warm and inviting vibe