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The Sydney flat measures just 258 square feet

Architect Nicholas Gurney looked to the Japanese organization method of 5S in designing the apartment.
Photo by Katherine Lu/Nicholas Gurney

Could you live in an apartment that measures just 24 square meters—that’s about 258 square feet—and with another person, to boot? If said apartment were designed to be as efficient as possible as this one in Sydney, then the answer would be a resounding yes.

Masterminded by Australian architect Nicholas Gurney, the micro flat for a newly married couple incorporates streamlined joinery, sliding partitions, overhead storage, deep shelving, multi-use furniture, a dry kitchen, and other clever, space-saving techniques to create a home where everything is in its right place.

Gurney looked to 5S, a Japanese workplace organization method that prescribes five principles for efficient and effective organization—sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and shine—for building out the home, as well as working with clients to streamline their belongings.

Essentially a one-room apartment, the space is divided into a small kitchenette with a sink in its own cubby off an adjacent wall, a bathroom tucked behind a mirrored sliding door, and a bedroom alcove separated by a perforated metal wall and door. An open plan living area becomes a flexible space for dining, entertaining, and lounging, while a balcony offers a bit of outdoor living. Have a look.

Photos by Katherine Lu via Dezeen

Via: Dezeen