When completed in 1959, the heritage listed “Torbreck” was Australia’s first high rise residential tower; a modernist building very much ‘of its time’. Archipelago’s 2009 refit of this 50m2 one bedroom apartment reorganizes the apartment program into two boxes – one of timber and one of glass – with the living space prioritised and pushed up against the view.
The design tackles the fundamental problem of a small apartment – not enough space/how to make it feel bigger! This is achieved through more efficient planning – we forced the space to “multi-task”– and consideration of the diurnal modes of living to overlap functions ( you can’t for instance, appreciate the view when you are asleep). Strategically the timber and glass box elements are conceived as objects within, rather than boundaries to the space – as furniture pieces rather than enclosures. And yes at least some of the magic is done with mirrors.