| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Architect’s Micro Studio Apartment

There is a lot to be said for living in the city, There is a lot to be said for living in the city,
where you can have everything that you want and need where you can have everything that you want and need
right on your doorstep. But there are challenges, But there are challenges,
city real estate can be very expensive. And sometimes that means living in a smaller space. Thankfully, good design can come to the rescue. And that is exactly the case with this next, stunning apartment that we’re about to visit, here in Northern Australia. Hey Doug, how’s it going, mate? Hey Doug, how’s it going, mate?
Hi, how are you? Hi, how are you?
Great, thank you! Really nice to meet you! Great, thank you! Really nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you too! This is a very cool part of town that you’re in, isn’t it? (chuckle) Yes, in the “it” part of town. Now you’re an architect, aren’t you? Now you’re an architect, aren’t you?
Yes, yes I am. So this must have been a really interesting opportunity for you to create something very special in your own home. Yeah it was a bit of an experiment, so this used to be a and was then converted to an apartment. So when I came along and saw the plan, I thought that it could use an update. Well, I am very excited to check out the inside of the apartment and see how you transformed it! Can we check it out?
Sure, after you. Thank you very much! This is such a great-looking space! It’s super-interesting the way that you’ve done all this. It looks like that you’ve essentially constructed everything out of plywood. Yep! I do want people to come in and see the apartment in So what size is this apartment? It’s 28 square metres, it’s roughly four and a half by six metres. What was some of the key characteristics that you wanted to put into this apartment? I think it was quite a primal instinct to have a cave as you come in and then open up toward the light in the next room. So coming in to the kitchen and seeing a glimpse of the light beyond is quite something. So the existing condition of the apartment was really luxurious in the sense that they had a full bath in the bathroom. So, you know, the bathroom becomes a lot more utilitarian than potentially what they used to have. And I’ve thought the kitchen should absorb a bit of that space. So what I did was knock down load-bearing walls in this apartment and to provide a clear space within the internals of the apartment we put in a beam and the beam runs across the width of the apartment It’s about 7.4 metres And what it does is it picks up the load from above It’s keyed into the walls on either sides, and allows me to place walls as I want in the internal space. And, talk to me about your kitchen space! So I found that 1.8 metres is all you need for a kitchen. And the width is quite limited, so what happens is if you go deep then you find you have more than enough space for prepping food and then maybe washing vegetables, and then you just move out to the side and then when you’re washing up the dishwater is where you need it to be on the right. And what about the storage in the kitchen? The storage is full height it’s just to give you that sense of space in the kitchen and what happens is you can access it from both sides so practically when you’re reaching for food stuff down here on the other side, there’s a step-up that allows you to reach the items that are a bit higher-up in the cupboard. It’s really interesting what you’ve done here because you’ve got these very beautiful, modern fixtures that are built in with plywood But it’s offset against the original brick in the building. Yeah, so high contrast is what I’m after And I like what you’ve done here with the space for putting your shoes. the detail was just to create an alcove for the shoes. And then I see you’re even hiding a washing machine in there as well! and there’s a washer-dryer combo. kettle, rice cooker and then it flows into a sort of threshold space. And then before moving into the living space proper, we have your bathroom in here. Right, so what I wanted to do is have the tiles visually continue from the kitchen to the bathroom. And then at the end of that you have this full height into what is actually a very small space. It certainly does. One of the things that I especially like in the bathroom is the way that you’ve done the lighting. Having that light panel come through from the living room is such a nice touch. small space and that feeling is intensified by the colour of the tiles and the proportions of the bathroom so what I wanted to do was to have light at both ends so you can still have that feeling of openness and extension of light even though it’s a small space. So it’s about contrast again offsetting dark against light about textures That is undoubtedly something that you have done very well in this space. Thank you. Now I am excited to see what you’ve done in your living space! Can we check that out?
Ok, step through! This is just so nice. It’s so interesting, the way that you’ve created these two very different feelings/spaces inside the home. The first area with the kitchen and the bathroom felt a little bit darker, a little bit more enclosed, and then walking into this space, you just have a complete here it’s just a living space so it’s more about that feeling of relief as you come in to the light. So the irony is that in a tiny apartment what you want to do is to create some separation of zones. So the functional zones as you enter and the clear living space for the bulk of the space. And what we did was think of the functionality of the three zones, at the front, there’s the kitchen, this sort of little threshold/wardrobe. and then there’s the bathroom. The arrangement of which creates this combination of a portal and And then we have your workspace here. Now this is a very important place in your home because obviously you’re an architect and you do a lot of your work from home. Yeah so, it’s nice being able to be in the space, in the mornings especially, and then feeling the sun shift from this side over to the west throughout the day and feeling that passage of time within the living space. And talk to me about the workspace that you’ve created here. pushes the boundaries of what is practical In this instance, I wanted a work desk All the clutter and and then what I do when I wanna play



Jul 7, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

He's Malaysian Chinese studying abroad.. cool

Aisha Yu

Jul 7, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

I suddenly want to become an architect ?

Adara Gia

Jul 7, 2019, 1:45 pm Reply

Really Nice


Jul 7, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

That apartment is perfect for me. I really love what he did with the space, it feels really warming and quiet

Bertina Jackson

Jul 7, 2019, 6:42 pm Reply

Wow this is truly awesome!

kyle009 00

Jul 7, 2019, 3:03 am Reply

80k for renovation, you can buy 2 40spm apartment in my country

Grace Duong

Jul 7, 2019, 7:23 am Reply

It’s like he memorized the entire English dictionary


Jul 7, 2019, 3:45 am Reply

I would love to live somewhere like this but I want to have a family

Silent Stag

Jul 7, 2019, 1:46 pm Reply

This guys is cool. Very unique perspective.

Paola Rodriguez

Jul 7, 2019, 7:18 am Reply

Curiosity about how all of these things are cleaned. Beautiful design

varavra yastrebova

Jul 7, 2019, 11:32 am Reply

krutaya kvartira . крутая квартира !!!

Nancy Vu

Jul 7, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply

He’s so cute and I love his voice! ? His interior design speaks to his aesthetic-looking self ❤️?


Jul 7, 2019, 6:19 pm Reply

My thoughts doesn't count.

Ema Dan

Jul 7, 2019, 6:23 pm Reply

This apartment is so inspirational. The design of everything is… wow. ❤

That Guy

Jul 7, 2019, 1:33 pm Reply

What a lovely home! And what a brilliant man, but it's quite difficult to listen to him as he mumbles quite a lot.

Jerome op

Jul 7, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply


louis Handt Bisseck

Jul 7, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

Son processus de création et sa vision du design sont empreint d'une liberté incroyable !


Jul 7, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply

His alien would just be comfortable right Americans


Jul 7, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

people are like water and they can adopt? good point and true but that doesn't mean that we should compromise the comfort. the design is great in many ways though. good job


Jul 7, 2019, 10:39 pm Reply

(301sqft) isn't MICRO

Kiera Williams

Jul 7, 2019, 3:43 am Reply

Interview: AMAAAAZING! You've done quite the job with this space.
Architect: "I like to feel the passage of time though the living space

Vikramjit Singh

Jul 7, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

Very creative especially ur work area…..clever how uve hid the keyboard beneath it………


Jul 7, 2019, 9:18 pm Reply

Yo that beamer shot in the part about not giving up quality of life was perfectly timed! I was wondering if the guy had a television or not!


Jul 7, 2019, 12:42 am Reply

11:30 "I think it was somewhere between 50 to 80 grand" uhhhh $50,000-80,000 for THAT?


Jul 7, 2019, 1:41 am Reply

If you own no clothes no sports gears and no luggages this is perfect for you

Funny Diecast

Jul 7, 2019, 5:45 am Reply

You guys like that accent? LOL thanks our Singaporean accent (not Singlish, just English with a Singaporean accent) is loved.


Jul 7, 2019, 2:06 pm Reply


Circa 1895

Jul 7, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

Good luck spotting a roach in that bathroom.

Blue Bell

Jul 7, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply


afendi ujud

Jul 7, 2019, 4:23 am Reply

Woah my house cost as much as your house renovations daaaaamn

Aniket Belsare

Jul 7, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

I don't have any words to describe how amazing it is

Crystal Clear

Jul 7, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

это не квартира это шкаф-купе
а когда ложишься спать, то превращается в запаянный гробик
с вай-фаем

Koji Waki

Jul 7, 2019, 2:43 pm Reply

Probably one of my favorites, would like to see where he goes as an architect, very thoughtful.

Rita Creason

Jul 7, 2019, 6:58 pm Reply

This is very nice & accommodating I love it !

Angie Sol

Jul 7, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

How do I become cool, like this guy?

Brandy Nicole

Jul 7, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

That double-sided cabinet is genius

Eido Properties

Jul 7, 2019, 1:23 pm Reply

Lovely, but 80 grand is a quite a lot for this renovation

Shahreen A.

Jul 7, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

Single dude… Big deal…

Adakho Kadete

Jul 7, 2019, 3:08 pm Reply

Love it….

Cynthia Mariechana

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Hokusai ?


Jul 7, 2019, 7:09 pm Reply

My favourite one! This looks AMAZING… I could def see myself living there!

Isabel Lima

Jul 7, 2019, 1:27 am Reply


Jerwell savella

Jul 7, 2019, 4:42 am Reply

This dude lowkey inserting asian ish design because of that slipper and shoes concept and the full bathroom that we all do here in asia. and everyone seems pretty shocked,. Lmao.

fox rain

Jul 7, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

thought i couldn't be more impressed because i'm impressed enough with the simple looking, brilliant designs but then that huuuge projector screen came out as the video is concluding and i was like wowwoowww, talking about wow factor.

Teguh Adinata

Jul 7, 2019, 2:35 pm Reply

so inspiring …,this video teach us about creativity, thank you


Jul 7, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

dog and cat


Jul 7, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

That ain't tiny

JazzBerry Beret

Jul 7, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

What I took from this Video. "Be like water", not a potato. lol

Nadya King

Jul 7, 2019, 4:28 am Reply

I love the aesthetics of this home, and the integration of Japanese design – so tranquil. And the use of light and dark, and zones

Manak Bansal

Jul 7, 2019, 9:47 am Reply

Where does he keep his clothes?

Dylan Kim

Jul 7, 2019, 11:24 am Reply

Chinese Rich Parents, amazing what money can buy.

nathan nawbi

Jul 7, 2019, 11:51 am Reply

can i have therapy session with him

agustin venegas

Jul 7, 2019, 11:06 pm Reply

i need a flat like that for myself, its really simple and functional and i love it

Lisa Paulk

Jul 7, 2019, 7:57 am Reply

Totally bad ass he is a genius and I love it.

Zargony Zafar

Jul 7, 2019, 1:12 pm Reply

People are adaptable then objects. What a way to put reality into words. Wonderful

Shop Drako

Jul 7, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

I fucking love this

Maruf Hassan

Jul 7, 2019, 1:54 pm Reply

So what would be the price of it?


Jul 7, 2019, 3:00 pm Reply

Everything screams two birds with one stone

Lulu Gong

Jul 7, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

Funny how I watch this to make me sleep. Douglas's voice feels like a lulaby for me. So relaxing… LOL

Jacky Flawless

Jul 7, 2019, 9:05 pm Reply

I enjoy reading comments! Some talking about the apartment, others about him being a philosopher and most importantly, Doug stealing hearts of the viewers. ?? uWu

Weston Ryan

Jul 7, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

Super cool, looks like it could be a set from blade runner


Aug 8, 2019, 12:56 pm Reply

Is he Japanese? That shoe space, I've seen it a lot in Japanese homes.

bLes Sing

Aug 8, 2019, 1:13 pm Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

i wonder how people are sitting around this table …

high horse

Aug 8, 2019, 6:15 am Reply

Theres no need to include the host asking these stock questions. Just let the architects talk. The host comes off as such a bro and ruins the thoughtfulness of the design


Aug 8, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

This video could easily make him a millionaire architect overnight.

Hugo Pascual

Aug 8, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Why would an architect wnat a 5m2 house lol

Tracy Garrett

Aug 8, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

Loving the "convertible" desk! Great design ideas everywhere in the apartment. I could live there.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:03 am Reply

A House full of meaning and soul.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:34 am Reply

omg he's awesome

Sense Versa

Aug 8, 2019, 2:57 am Reply

hes literally life hacks well done!

KC Familam

Aug 8, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

9:12 translation: bruh I ain't draggin this mattress around erry day


Aug 8, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

he has an amazing eye for design and space

Daniel Lin

Aug 8, 2019, 4:02 pm Reply

Wow you rarely see guys like this these days. A guy so determined to apply what he’s learned. This guy has taken the principles and lessons he’s learned in life, education, and work, and completely applied it to this home. Like his demeanor and his philosophy are so in line with how he designed this house. Everything has a purpose. Great episode.

Sean Stewart

Aug 8, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

I wonder how long his list is? How many apply?

Raznan Razman

Aug 8, 2019, 9:49 am Reply

as human we really dont need that much space to live in… I like how he said that "people are adaptable", that really open up my mind…


Aug 8, 2019, 5:34 pm Reply

This needs some music badly.

jayita Dutta

Aug 8, 2019, 6:20 pm Reply

Its tooooooo good. U r really good ????????????????????????

julio rodriguez

Aug 8, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

99% alone 🙁

James Walker

Aug 8, 2019, 8:55 am Reply

For a bachelor is perfect! for a family the space is so impractical

Tashi Bhutia

Aug 8, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

Man that bathroom tiles looks like gaming laptop keyboard.


Aug 8, 2019, 11:52 am Reply

wonderful. not sure how this is 'micro'

Victor Triump

Aug 8, 2019, 1:56 pm Reply

The architect doesn't seem to be willing to be interviewed ???

Mugdha Kambli

Aug 8, 2019, 4:12 pm Reply

Beautifully designed….it is actually a very different take on the concept of studio apartments with bed and a sofa and storage, etc…really inspiring.

smlul PingPing

Aug 8, 2019, 7:32 pm Reply

fall in love with this house

Debbye Cannon

Aug 8, 2019, 12:17 am Reply

Well done!


Aug 8, 2019, 4:47 am Reply

Am I the only one who is mesmerized by the architect's voice? Soft, calm, peaceful.

Jeff B

Aug 8, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

It's stunning!


Aug 8, 2019, 2:47 am Reply

This man is beautiful.

Sasha L

Aug 8, 2019, 8:44 am Reply

He is inspirational.
People are like water, we can adapt ?? love it!

Lipa Lipa

Aug 8, 2019, 12:43 pm Reply

I like how simple and functional it is, i'm the exact opposite of it, but trying to find a balance, this is inspirational! Thank you both for sharing it!

Ivy Parayaoan

Aug 8, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

Hi new friend from Philippines,,, i already hug you can you please do the same at my home


Aug 8, 2019, 5:45 am Reply

Bryce: :^D
Doug: 🙂

My Diary

Aug 8, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

Both of them very polite … Love it…ku suka ku suka 🙂

Hello Comment

Aug 8, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

Am I the only one depressed by the immediate black as soon as you walk in? Just the black sink I could barley tell what it was. I loved the bright color (the whitey kind of color) the black sink just wrecks it and the black, black and more black!


Aug 8, 2019, 12:38 pm Reply

6:38 noticed the book. Is he Malaysian?


Aug 8, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

I would move away the colour black as much as I could, when it comes to design, clothing or anything! black’s okay if you keep it to a minimum but that bathroom is not appealing!

Heather Riesen

Aug 8, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

I love seeing these apartments! Also I love that bedroom, it's surprisingly large feeling for a small space.


Aug 8, 2019, 1:17 am Reply

His own appartment is his best publicity.

Yi Guo

Aug 8, 2019, 6:41 am Reply


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