interiors: small apartment solutions, sydney

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When it comes to small apartments, functionality and comfort are the two main “issues” that need to be taken into account. The greatest challenge as a designer is to create (or at least give the feeling that there is) more space then it actually…is. The Australian Minosa Design Studio designed this small apartment of a family of five in Bondi Beach, Sydney, trying to solve the problem of space. The studio is specialized in stand-alone design concepts for contemporary bathrooms and kitchens, so the client’s request to adjust the small space and create a larger one, by adding an extra floor and creating a fun, functional and “stiffed” with appliances kitchen was pretty interesting and challenging.

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The heart of the kitchen consists of a ten-seater table, luscious (and with an expendable part). It incorporated plenty of shelves that can be easily hidden. This was a very interesting approach towards the designers’ solution which I absolutly love. They chose to simply “hide” parts of the kitchen, under white and luscious sliding doors, in order to create more space.

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Friday. Im in Love


I thought I share some of my instagram photos of what I have been up to this week. While my baby is still very comfy and overdue three days now I have been doing alot of shopping and catching up with friends and I wandered around this gorgeous city taking in all of the beautiful sites that it has to offer – it really is such a wonderful city! This week I was being a tourists in Sydney, I always wanted to explore Sydney a little more like a tourist, I think there is something wonderful about trying to see the city that you live in through a tourists eyes! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week so far, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to –Enjoy your weekend. ox







Photography | GIVEAWAY

PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS- YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! We’re excited to be ending this winter with a SUPER Photography Workshop Giveaway!


If you remember a while ago I attended a Places, Landscapes and Your Travels Workshop with  Remember Forever Photography which you can check out here; and now we have teamed up with Remember Forever Photography for you to WIN! Remember Forever Photography provides you with a hands-on, fun, interactive experience to take the mystery out of using your camera and ensure that you take amazing photographs every time.

We’ve got 2 amazing workshop prizes to give away. All you need to do is share a little love on your social network to win your free pass! There is also a sneaky FB discount code for anyone who wants to book a workshop for themselves or a friend (you could even use it for this Sunday for Father’s Day present). Just head to and enter the code on the booking screen!



2. Please go to our page and share the competition photo and leave a comment below stating yo liked and shared.

3. Entry deadline Saturday, September 22nd, 6pm.

4. T&Cs



Remember Forever Photography is giving you a SPECIAL 20% DISCOUNT to their workshops!!! Please enter code FBLOVE20 upon checkout to redeem your discount. Code expires October 1st 2012

( If you have a great product and are interested in a giveaway collaboration, please contact me at )

Good Luck & we would love to do a post on your workshop so keep us updated!

Vivid | Sydney’s Light Festival 2012

I would like to share a few photographs from the Vivid Festival from this year, taken by me. The festival seems to be getting better each year, if you have missed out this year make sure you visit next time around. These pictures are from my first visit and do not cover all the displays and artworks. You might ask what is Vivid Sydney? – Vivid Sydney is when city transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas take over the city after dark usually starts around May and runs for two weeks.

As it colours the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections; performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the new Vivid Ideas Exchange at the MCA featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers.

‘For a night out with a difference, you can’t miss Vivid Sydney as a major celebration of all things creative.’ Vivid Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

New Museum of Contemporary Arts – We blogged about it here before. If you are visiting Sydney you must check it out.

New Museum of Contemporary Arts

New Museum of Contemporary Arts

Opera House Dance

City Sparkle’s

Neon Light Dance

Concrete Blonde | Dreamtime Australia Design


Project: Concrete Blonde | Interiors: Dreamtime Australia Design | Location:Sydney, Australia | Compleated: 2011

Concrete Blonde exudes a grand sense of luxury and sophistication from its   mahogany floors, and matching chocolate coloured tables, to its sleek concrete columns and ceiling.

The robust, unified and warm interiors of this new Sydney nightspot, by Dreamtime Australia Design, are unique thanks to a series of artisan-made, bespoke features. Situated across the courtyard from the already iconic Hugo’s Bar Pizza in Kings Cross, Concrete Blonde has quickly become Sydney’s latest hot spot to see and be seen.

The overall impression when walking into Concrete Blonde is of an industrial interior in warm tones, lit dramatically, simple and strong on first viewing, but with detail in every corner.  Some of the architectural elements of the existing interior were kept exposed, including an internal concrete grid and exposed hydraulic piping.

But the outstanding feature in Concrete Blonde is the fireplace, a large bespoke artisanal structure made in brown metal. The piece is imposing, with a regular pattern of robust detail, and in the fireplace itself the metal takes the shape of firewood. The brown theme is repeated throughout the rest of the interior in timber, featured in the floor, tables and seating. The kitchen is large and open, including a low, round wood-fired rotisserie, one-and-a-half metres in diameter, and two round gas-fired char grills with woodchips. Mimicking these circles, the firewood is kept in a series of round shelves on the wall behind.

On the terrace outside, the central feature is a fountain that spouts either water or fire, while illuminated plastic furniture is a clever source of lighting at night. “Dramatic, yet low-key, moody lighting makes a crucial difference in warming the ambience of the interior and exterior spaces,” explains McCann. “As well, several light fixtures are highly creative industrial luminaires, adding a further touch of wow and whimsy to the overall atmosphere.” While lighting is key to achieving what McCann calls the “wow” factor, what he really brings to a project like this is the ability to create bespoke artisan-made features that assure owners that this interior is truly one of a kind.

Via | SMH, ArchitectureAU

Museum of Contemporary Arts | Sydney


Project: Museum of Contemporary Arts | Architects: Sam Marshall | Location: Sydney, Australia | Compleated: 2012

Sydney architect Sam Marshall, in partnership with the NSW Government Architect’s Office, recently completed the new Mordant wing and the refurbishment of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, at Circular Quay on Sydney Harbour. The new wing takes the form of a series of boxes overlooking Sydney harbour.

Like many Sydney projects, the building has been embroiled in controversy right from the beginning. Marshall’s design is the third for the museum. In 1997, Japanese studio SANAA won an international architectural competition for the project, but their plan was abandoned when site investigations revealed historic dockyards below the car park.

It is a shame SANAA’s design was not used, as its glowing white minimal structure would have been a terrific counterpoint to the Sydney Opera House and a great addition to the harbour. But best not to dwell on what might have been. In 2001 Marshall began work on a masterplan for an extension and redevelopment, with construction starting in 2007.

At the core of the design for the new wing of the Museum of Contemporary Art is the idea of a white box. Marshall sees the existing building as a series of forms (boxes) arranged symmetrically, while the new wing is a series of boxes arranged asymmetrically. The box concept is ideal for showing art inside the building. With regard to the exterior, clad in thin, strong glass and reinforced concrete, the box concept means that the structure is not divided into facade, roof and so on, but can be viewed from any angle, including from above. The concept also allows the design to take advantage of the beautiful harbour vistas, providing framed views between boxes, or from cut-outs of the boxes. The result is a structure that is defiantly contemporary – it does not match the heritage building, nor should it.

In terms of the human experience of visiting the museum, the building creates a punch through from George Street – the entry on this side was previously nondescript – to Circular Quay and its incredible harbour views. The entry from the water side is accessed via an expanse of blank concrete that is at the moment a dead zone burdened by the horrible glare that the material generates on sunny days.

The Museum of Contemporary Art – now rebranded with the additional word “Australia” – is undoubtedly the best contemporary museum in this part of the world. And, no matter how great it would have been to experience the quiet beauty of a SANAA building here, it is wonderful that this site, which takes pride of place in Sydney’s harbour, is now occupied by the work of a Sydney-based architect.

Via | SMH, ArchitectureAU

Architecture | Bondi House | Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson


Project: Bondi House | Architects: Katon Redgen Mathieson  | Location: Bondi Sydney, Australia | Compleated: 2011

Designed by the architectural firm of Katon Redgen Mathieson, the four-story Bondi house is located on Sydney, Australia’s Bondi Beach. This four level house occupies a narrow infill site and has been designed to maximise its’ compact 120m2 site and capitalise on views across Icebergs to the beach.  To the east, one of the double height openings leads to a terrace with views to the ocean.  A limited palette of high quality finishes are used throughout; white terrazzo, Calacatta marble, American Walnut timber and dark bronze. Externally, the street elevation is dominated by its dramatic glass and white marble facade. This house also has automated lighting system which is controlled via your iPad.

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

“The ground level houses two bedrooms with one that opens into a courtyard garden while the other opens to a courtyard with views of the beach. Connected by marble stairs, the next level up is the living room, dining room, and kitchen.”

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Photos by Romello Pereira.

Via [Design Milk, Katon Redgen Mathieson]

The Hyde – Luxury Apartment building


Project: The Hyde| Location: Sydney, Australia| Architect: Woha|

Building completion: 2011

The Hyde apartment building echoes the grace and ambience of the lifestyle of 5th Avenue, New York. The Hyde comes with a location that is impossible to emulate overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful harbour lined international cities. This new world class luxury apartment building in Sydney has become the latest and most privileged address in Sydney boasting contemporary world-class design and where sophisticated apartments embrace some of the most breathtaking views imaginable of Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour.

Simply the best views of Sydney

This indoor heated infinity pool covers the full width of the building on level 8 with spectacular views over looking Hyde Park. Level 8 also includes a well equipped gym, BBQ area with an adjoining cabana room and outdoor sun deck all overlooking the park.

The lobby of The Hyde; Sydney’s luxury apartment building. Janet Laurance Artwork in the foyer.

The Hyde is unique, with one of the only north facing sites in the central city with views over Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Domain, the Harbour and so many other Sydney icons. Designed by award winning architects WOHA The Hyde through WOHA’s approach has maximise the site’s advantages, so the north façade and has been developed as a transparent window wall that ensures daily life is enriched by being enacted against such a spectacular backdrop.

Interior of a typical apartment at The Hyde, Sydney. Prices for the apartments ranged from $3.1 million for a three-bedroom apartment, to $1.6 million for a two-bedroom with study, and to $715,000 for a one-bedroom.

Penthouse living rooms. Buyers are being sought for the $20 million-plus abode on top of the block the Hyde.

The Hyde Penthouse Levels.

Penthouse apartment pool.

[via – The Hyde Apartments]

Happy New Year 2012!!

Dresden, Germany

New York, USA

Queenstown, New Zealand

Denver, Colorado

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cinque Terre, Italy

Dyrhólaey, Iceland

Schwyz, Switzerland

Stockholm, Sweden

San Francisco, California, USA

Rome, Italy

Venice, Italy

Shanghai, China

Barcelona, Spain

Santorini, Greece

London, England

Victoria, BC, Canada

Tokyo, Japan

Paris, France

Belgrade, Serbia

Sydney, Australia

To all my dear family, friends & blog readers around the world wishing you a fabulous 2012 with full of great achievements and experiences. A meaningful chapter is waiting to be written HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for all your support and visiting ARHITEKTURA+ in last couple weeks since its first launch. New Year is the time to unfold new horizons & realize new dreams, rediscover the strength & faith within you, to rejoice in simple pleasures & gear up for a new challenges. Wishing u a truly fulfilling 2012 and looking forward bringing you lots of great new posts in the new year!!

[images via flickr]