This Small and Simple Apartment Has a Sense of Grandeur

Located in the elegant heritage Grand Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD sits this ground-floor 50sqm studio apartment, which was transformed from a dark and pokey space to a simple, open home with a real sense of grandeur. Jack Chen of Tsai Design wanted to create an apartment that celebrated the history of the building but also is liveable for his client and her cat.

The kitchen needed to blend into the open plan living, and so Jack Chen designed it with plenty of bench storage, appliances that blend in, but it also wraps around into the secret bathroom. By day, the bedroom nook is this grand walk-in wardrobe, and of a night the client folds down the mirrored Murphy queen-size bed, with wardrobes still accessible when the bed is down. This apartment carefully balances simplicity and minimalism with functionality, playfulness and connecting with the heritage and grandness of the building.

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