When Whiting Architects were approached to renovate a tiny Melbourne terrace on a footprint of just 1,000 square feet, they rose to the challenge, seeing it as an opportunity to prioritise quality of space over quantity.
Likening the design and construction process of this 'Pocket House' project to ‘building a ship in a bottle’ due to the restricted site access, the final result is an achievement of design that takes restrictions and reimagines them as opportunities.
Inside, the ground floor features one main open-plan living area, which includes living room seating, a dining area, full kitchen plus a laundry area and ample built-in storage.
The walls of this multi-purpose space are lined with clever built-in storage, hidden behind sleek, handleless cabinetry.
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The right hand cabinets incorporate a concealed fridge and freezer, along with kitchen storage.
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To the left of this there's a handy built-in laundry area, nestled into the smaller alcove under the stairs.
But it's the modern black kitchen that's really the highlight of this space. Kitted out with the latest Fisher & Paykel appliances, the kitchen is full of space-saving ideas. It features a compact oven, with an induction hob on top, and a concealed cooker hood, disguised within the top kitchen cabinets.
There's also a clever dishwasher drawer which takes up less space than a traditional dishwasher would.
Photography: Shannon McGrath