Mighty Mouse Apartment
An Affordable Option
The studio is in a walk-up apartment block in Sydney's inner-city Wooloomooloo -- an affordable option, but the dated and poorly planned layout put many off.
Yet for just $40,000, this colorful and functional update transformed the space. Oh, and black, yellow and red happen to be the same colors as Mighty Mouse!
Joinery for Living
A single joinery item runs the whole length of the apartment and contains all the functions of a working apartment -- in half the space. The joinery unit uses melamine for affordability and ease of construction.
The joinery pod conceals an entry foyer, storage, equipment, washing and sleeping zones behind full-height sliding doors. By sliding the doors, the space can be used as a bedroom, living/dining area.
The ceiling height was lowered to 2.4 m (8 ft) to completely reduce waste of the melamine sheets. As a result, components of the the pod -- such as the doors -- are constructed from a single sheet of melamine.
The simple act of lowering the ceiling to a standard height reduced the energy, time and cost of construction.
To conserve space, light and the city skyline outlook, a joinery pod was inserted to address issues of privacy, storage and a lack of living space inherent in apartments this size.
Matte Black Kitchen
The matte black kitchen at the end of the apartment appears like an extension of the joinery pod. It is a simple and stylish way to integrate the kitchen into the Mighty Mouse color scheme.
A Single Person Studio
The Studio is an innovative response to housing affordability. It's a fun, yet practical (and repeatable) solution for single person homes -- the fastest growing demographic.