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NEVER TOO SMALL ep.18 26.5m2 Micro Apartment Design – The Bae

my name is Alec Nielsen and I’m an
architect and my name is Liz Walsh and I’m also an architect The Bae is located in Sandy Bay in Hobart Tasmania The original apartment block was built in
1972 there are 12 units in this apartment The Bae is 26.5 square meters in total
the original services kitchen and bathroom were marginally bigger than
what we have now so one of the main strategies was to really consolidate and
couple the services to the back walls this provides more flexible floor
plate for however you’d like to use the space exactly for us the main driving
design idea for the apartment was looking at how we can actually increase
the sense of space through the addition of the two skylights and by adding the
two skylights we’ve been able to make the tiny footprint actually feel quite
spacious and generous also another advantage of the scarlet is that were
able to capture north light and by pulling out the carpet we exposed the
slab which acts as thermal mass for keeping the apartment warm during winter
we’ve retained a strip of the original 70s tiles at the front we wanted to have
traces of the history and of that 70s fabric that was really important in small spaces leaving one of the the things that seems to come up a lot
particularly in bed set type apartments is that the bed is always visible in
the living space so we wanted the flexibility to be able to fold the bed
up you know open the kitchen and actually use it as a living and we’ve
also pushed the kitchen back so it actually feels like it’s in a nook it’s
actually not flush with the rest of the space so it’s you know about delineating
zones it was really important that we provided a good sized pantry it was also
really important that the storage was deep enough and wide enough to
accommodate a full height fridge and oven that we could roast the chicken in I think it was also really important to
include the glass splashback so they extended the view while you’re in
the kitchen one of the advantages of introducing the
skylights and creating the pitched volume internally was creating overhead
storage it was really important that the bathroom and the main living spaces have quite
different aesthetics and one of the primary design drivers for the door with
that it felt heavy and private and acoustically separate from this space
you could close that heavy door it’s almost acoustically sealed it feels like
a cloister in there yeah so there was an introduction of a skylight within the
bathroom so that washed the wall behind the shower and we liked the idea of
bringing a little bit of 70s glamour into the space so picking up on the
color of the existing tiles pulling that into the bathroom we’re really looking
at how we can be economical and functional in our material choices but
the things that you touch and that a tactile actually have patina and have a
bit more glamour we really wanted those things to kind of yeah to pop and be an
experience in themselves retrofitting existing apartments is hugely
important for future living as resources become more and more finite
it’s so critical that we start to reuse adapt reimagine what our existing
building stock is with better amenity and I think a better sense of community
yeah I don’t think apartment living needs to be compromised I actually think
it can be a joy to live in



Jun 6, 2019, 8:08 pm Reply

At first I went "I can't wait to see what they do with this!" Only to realise that "this" vaguely coffin like wood box was the finished result :/


Jun 6, 2019, 11:46 pm Reply


L.A. November 2019

Jun 6, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

Considering the high cost of custom interiors, not sure this one was worth it; looks like an annoying place to live in.

Jennifer Morris

Jun 6, 2019, 3:33 am Reply

Who wants to live in a big room where every fart you do can only ricochet off four smooth walls, where’s the fun in that?

Rainer Wang

Jun 6, 2019, 6:12 am Reply

this is like heaven

victoria maakulmamerijärvi

Jun 6, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

I live in a 26,5m² apartment with my boyfriend. I wouldn't call it a micro apartment. Sure, it's small, but we don't need to fold anything away to make the room look bigger – it's more than enough space for 2 people to live in. The bathroom is bigger than the one in that video, our dining table fits 4 people, we have a big bookshelf, lots of cabinets and our bed is always visible. We can even fit an extra mattress or two on the floor. I don't get what the need for extra empty space is all about.


Jun 6, 2019, 8:05 pm Reply

that woman is scary

Digby Dooright

Jun 6, 2019, 4:48 pm Reply

Ooooooo, I like the bathroom! 😀

Francis Renzo

Jun 6, 2019, 4:54 pm Reply

My OCD kicks in every time they open a cabinet and leaves it. Close the damn cabinet haha. But it’s overall beautiful. Not a fan of the plywood finish.

Kath Bowring

Jun 6, 2019, 1:22 pm Reply

Love the Simplicity!


Jun 6, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

I don't think they did a bad job using the space, but the finishes were just bad. Painting the plywood would look so much better. Have a place for a TV, a bigger table, don't make the bathroom feel like a coffin, get rid of the 70s tile etc.

RoseRose RoseRose

Jun 6, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

This is wonderful. You guys are multi-talented. Love it.

Carlos Muchos

Jun 6, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Try popping out a couple of kids and living there. Never too small, my ass.

Christoph K.

Jun 6, 2019, 8:22 pm Reply

So if you beat one down and pull him into that bathroom, he wouldn't know that there is a secret door to escape. Very clever indeed. 🙂

William Taylor

Jun 6, 2019, 2:06 am Reply

It’s so beautiful ? inspiration


Jun 6, 2019, 2:38 am Reply

Nice apartment, but to cold for my taste…everything in the right place, but is not harmony, not warm at all, colors are safe so are them….

William Taylor

Jun 6, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

What kind of wall lamp is that??

Lisa Isabelle

Jun 6, 2019, 3:25 pm Reply

Welp… I could easily live there!

Organzing Conversion

Jun 6, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

I'd feel so closed in in that bathroom! And the fact it's so dark would make it worse. I'd end up having a anxiety attacks. But, I guess it's all about what you like as an individual. ?

Paul Zhao

Jun 6, 2019, 4:01 am Reply

Plywood can be used as an architectural highlight or contrast point but full on plywood all over is a bit depressing. The place feels more like a panic room than a cozy living space. The hidden kitchen is also a bad idea, as the place is instantly softened and becomes more interesting when the kitchen is exposed. Bathroom is claustrophobic. When two people sits in this room, mood turns cold, ideas falter, conversation becomes dry. Maybe for creative individuals like the couple here, they don't need the surrounding to spark dialogue, as they can sit quietly watching the sunset over the cold harbor and be content with silence and loneliness.


Jun 6, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

Very strange. You can't convince me that you live your day hours on that flimsy day sofa and even flimsier table/chairs.

Susan Fudge

Jun 6, 2019, 3:11 am Reply

Comfort not an option.

Seema Nawathe

Jun 6, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

Just lovely ??

Fresh Winds

Jun 6, 2019, 3:08 pm Reply



Jul 7, 2019, 10:25 pm Reply

It kinda looks like the only type of sims house you can build without using motherlode

Arki EL

Jul 7, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

I love the overall idea of this project one of the best ive seen so far.

Kristie Ray

Jul 7, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

Lovvvved the bathroom.


Jul 7, 2019, 11:36 am Reply

I don't like this one, it's too bland and it feels claustrophobic … Having plywood everywhere makes me feel uncomfortable ?

Thi Ngoc Tran Huynh

Jul 7, 2019, 11:41 am Reply

26.5 m2 or 265 m2????

Nikos Tsiop

Jul 7, 2019, 9:51 am Reply

This house is so depressing


Jul 7, 2019, 8:12 am Reply

great channel!


Jul 7, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply

I loved it for I am a minimalist.

Maciej Dabrowski

Jul 7, 2019, 8:07 pm Reply

This bathroom is soooooo stunning! <3


Jul 7, 2019, 9:01 am Reply

beautiful music relaxing

Mary McReynolds

Jul 7, 2019, 7:50 pm Reply

Superb accommodation. Just lovely. Serene.

Chief Sky Goer

Jul 7, 2019, 12:20 am Reply

looks like a place out of a horror movie


Jul 7, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

I think the bathroom is too ugly. I know it's not supposed to be all white and modern, but it's just too much. I think a small space such as a bathroom really benefits from some light.

Emma Gruner

Jul 7, 2019, 8:10 pm Reply



Jul 7, 2019, 6:17 am Reply

What a boring design with no life. The designers are not creative. I've seen many better small apartment designs.

Abhilasha Mehra

Jul 7, 2019, 10:17 am Reply

Along with the house, I love the background music in the video!

I Voice

Jul 7, 2019, 2:09 pm Reply

Design is great without a doubt.
It lacks some colour though.

Dima Immobilien Leipzig

Jul 7, 2019, 2:24 pm Reply

Wonderful combination of wood floor and perfect ideas…. we love it!


Jul 7, 2019, 4:27 pm Reply

Obsessed with the bathroom!

A. Romanova

Jul 7, 2019, 7:21 pm Reply

I see how while being drunk I will jump into the closet instead of the bathroom


Jul 7, 2019, 10:05 pm Reply

There’s no way I’d want to stay there. This looks terrible.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

Looks good but you couldn't live in it. Where are the personal touches? Where are your books and hobbies? Where's the ironing board?


Jul 7, 2019, 11:39 pm Reply

Not my cup of tea, very boring, however I do respect that everyone’s tastes are different ?

Fatma Taşkın

Jul 7, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply

Çok kötü

Karla McCaig

Jul 7, 2019, 9:39 pm Reply

Looks very uncomfortable

Sonni Willis

Jul 7, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

I wasn't feeling it too much when it started but I liked it more and more as the video continued. Very nice. Awesome bathroom.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:45 am Reply

God this is has hipster as it gets

Andy’s Shanghai Life

Jul 7, 2019, 9:10 am Reply

It's kinda scary how they talk… in creepy little bits haha. Should have spent some time making them not feel so nervous.

Paola Rodriguez

Jul 7, 2019, 9:09 am Reply

This is… actually quite amazing.

Tabitha Adel

Jul 7, 2019, 3:03 pm Reply


Monorail Beyond the Veil*

Jul 7, 2019, 3:35 am Reply

I have another word for that bathroom, claustrophobic! ? Get me OUT of here!


Jul 7, 2019, 6:47 am Reply

I think the overall design is super dope. I just think the plywood aesthetic is kind of off putting :/ seeing the space with everything hidden gave me a creepy vibe. When the kitchen isn't hidden, it feels more friendly (for a lack of a better term).

Fast Lane

Jul 7, 2019, 11:56 am Reply

I feel like Valak would pop out from nowhere coz of the bg music. ?


Jul 7, 2019, 2:30 pm Reply


luiz souza

Jul 7, 2019, 12:28 am Reply

Ugly Apartment!


Jul 7, 2019, 2:05 am Reply

Why are these things always filled with plywood ? Is it literally just to save money… Ruins it all for me.

Matilda Martin

Jul 7, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

That is so cool this Micro apartment it quite interesting!!!***

kyle009 00

Jul 7, 2019, 7:11 am Reply

when i poop i don't anyone to hear me poop. this is what i want

io big

Jul 7, 2019, 8:19 am Reply

I love this kind of apartment so much!

Ysenia Pe

Jul 7, 2019, 9:37 am Reply

Insieme Cucina e camera NO per gli odori del cibo
Colore del Bagno NO TROPPO CUPO

Danny Sullivan

Jul 7, 2019, 1:16 pm Reply

It's a bit too sterile for my liking, but it's still an interesting use of space. If they can live with it, then that's great for them.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:04 pm Reply

These people do not cook lol


Jul 7, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

Just perfect!!!??

Nastasja Zecevic

Jul 7, 2019, 12:24 pm Reply

The idea behind is amazing, but it is 'lifeless' It has no soul, doesn't look much comfy…


Jul 7, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

Creative but does not feel warm, cozy and inviting. I would always worry about having things out of place. But again, very creative ideas. ?

Marilyn Phan

Jul 7, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

I don't like it, not my style. The apartment feels cold…. not really a home. There are no family pictures, the way everything is hiding behind walls makes the room feel empty. Space is lacking in life, it feels and looks cold. It doesn't feel like a couple lives there, just like an oversized closet. There are no plants, no pictures, no library, and no fireplace. I would not be happy living in the space.

Dolli Melaine

Jul 7, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

i couldn't get past the music that simply does not fit this type of storyline…i had to stop it..


Jul 7, 2019, 3:08 am Reply

This is art.

cynthia reynolds

Jul 7, 2019, 5:50 am Reply

The best part was the bathroom, except even w/the skylight, it was too dark as opposed to everything else which was too light & unfinished & what's up with Barbie Doll furniture? lol

Fesalati Jannati

Jul 7, 2019, 8:28 am Reply

There's no character warmth or personality, just… empty

Lisa Brinkman

Jul 7, 2019, 11:44 am Reply

Now that's minimalistic


Jul 7, 2019, 7:43 pm Reply

I love tiny houses but with that bathroom I literally felt claustrophobia


Jul 7, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

If I ever get to stay in this beautiful place, I will just fit it with sonos speaker, visualizer as a TV, Google home, a wireless Dyson and power mains.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:58 am Reply

This seems like a living nightmare imagining myself in this place makes me wanna cry..

Timothy Garcia

Jul 7, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply

looks like it had a fairly high ceiling, shouldve just made it into a loft bed instead of that skylight.

Charlotte carlos

Jul 7, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

Odd, yet interesting.

anne bowers

Jul 7, 2019, 8:15 pm Reply

Stunning ideas

Jazlyn McRavin

Jul 7, 2019, 2:49 am Reply

I love the bathroom

Soraya Budiarti

Jul 7, 2019, 11:37 am Reply


Siamese Flower

Jul 7, 2019, 8:55 pm Reply

Looks like a nice place for vacationing. Not so much for living, it's too synthetic.


Jul 7, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

There's some great concepts, but personally I don't like folding beds and kitchens.. It just makes it a little "more" inaccessible. I want to grab something to eat and crash on my bed all the time!

Girly things with Anezka

Jul 7, 2019, 11:39 am Reply

Shit hole

Lian YL

Jul 7, 2019, 4:50 am Reply

The bathroom is scary! I may like it if its in different color tho


Jul 7, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

If they made the kitchen look nicer. they could have had it visible.

Jonathan Rachminov

Aug 8, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

brilliant toilet room design


Aug 8, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

This is what I like but where do I find these apartments?

Mari Ann

Aug 8, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

Must be a drag when your tired too drunk coming home. It should had been atleast automated with a press of a button. But cool idea nonetheless!


Aug 8, 2019, 10:34 pm Reply

I feel like the skylights were all the guy was allowed to be in charge of ?


Aug 8, 2019, 5:07 am Reply

Oh shit. I’ve been owning my home for almost four years and haven’t given it a name! ??‍♀️


Aug 8, 2019, 5:11 am Reply

I LOVE small spaces. But, this space just isn’t doing it for me. Can’t quite put my finger on it. But, my face was scrunched the whole time I watched this.

Olga Petrakova

Aug 8, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

Очень футуристично… но мне бы там было не уютно, как мне кажется. Будто я в космическом корабле нахожусь.


Aug 8, 2019, 7:42 am Reply

questionable at best.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

lol yep, they are 100% architect stereotypes.


Aug 8, 2019, 7:50 pm Reply

Can somebody explane me what "the Bae" means.

katrina a

Aug 8, 2019, 9:52 pm Reply

add a lil 70s glamour into that tomb of a bathroom?

Hope Hope’s

Aug 8, 2019, 7:44 am Reply

Absolutely beautiful. .one of the best one's I've seen …Blessings guy's ?

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