An Underground Apartment with Views of the City Skyline (House Tour)

Defying all expectations of a small Victorian-era apartment set below street-level on a busy thoroughfare in Potts Point, Basement Apartment is a calm and light-filled underground pied-à-terre that balances a minimalist approach with an embrace of the building’s heritage.

The project came to Brad Swartz Architects on the recommendation of a client from a previous project – a pair of conjoined micro-houses created on the minuscule footprint of two rear-lane parking spaces. While the Basement Apartment is larger than those houses, and indeed many of the tiny studio apartments that the practice has become known for over the years, at 50 square metres, it is undoubtedly of a small scale. With the clients ’brief focusing on transforming the previously cluttered apartment into a serene space with the flexibility to suit executive letting, permanent living or even usage as an office, the architects’ experience in fitting a maximum of functionality into a minimum of space and creating a sense of tranquility in the process stood them in good stead.

Closing the door and drawing the curtain, one is cocooned in a peaceful haven below the busy city street. Bringing order to a previously dislocated, compact, underground apartment and creating calm amongst the chaos, Brad Swartz Architects once again rises to the challenge of effective small-space design.

Architecture by Brad Swartz Architects.
Build by Align Constructions.
Video by Cheer Squad.
Production by The Local Project.

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