Convertible Apartment Living Takes Off In Melbourne


The global trend for convertible apartment living has reached Melbourne.

Local company Hamton is the latest developer to jump on the craze for innovative smaller apartments that create extra space with movable walls.


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Smart Storage Solutions for Apartments The prototype for the convertible apartment starts out as one long, flexible living space.[/caption]The developer commissioned architecture and interior design firm ROTHELOWMAN to create a unique apartment that offered flexible living options in today's changing apartment market.

ROTHELOWMAN’s investigations focused on generating volumes that could expand or contract and whether such a space could improve liveability, both spatially and psychologically.

"The key was the ability to use the space in a more flexible way," ROTHELOWMAN principal Chris Hayton explained.

"The big inhibitor to that is fixed walls. The idea for movable walls isn’t particularly new but it's about delivering them in a way that is a bit more intelligent and sophisticated. We looked at other examples around the world in cities like Tokyo, London and New York. The challenge was then to turn what we had looked at into a prototype that was viable and realistic.

"One of our priorities was ensuring it was simple to use and it would be functional. It had to be durable and operate with minimal technology. It also had to be simple enough to be affordable to build but deliver genuine benefits to the occupant." A movable joinery wall can be moved on tracks to create a bedroom at one end of the apartment.[/caption]Honing the living space down to its essentials, the firm created an apartment from the ground up, incorporating multiple space-saving solutions to present a holistic, cohesive design. The result is a ‘Convertible Space’ that increases a one-bedroom apartment's living area by up to 70 per cent and offers residents the flexibility to extend and define their living space as necessary.

The apartments, which range in size from 42sqm to 45sqm, feature one long, rectangular room with a kitchen and living area. A joinery wall at one end of the room can be moved along tracks in the floor to divide the space into a smaller living room and a private bedroom. The movable double-sided joinery wall features kitchen storage on one side, and bedroom storage on the other.  Another wall of integrated joinery comprises a TV unit, kitchen with integrated fridge, bedroom robes with integrated bedside tables and a pull-down queen sized bed.

A murphy bed folds out of the wall.[/caption]

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