NEVER TOO SMALL: 122 Roseneath Street

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This Melbourne apartment block maximises space and aims at being sustainable while building a sense of community.

122 Roseneath Street is designed around shared spaces, which includes a bike workshop/laundry, a communal chill area and an open terrace for al fresco cooking and growing herbs. 

122 Roseneath Street

Each 55m2 apartment in the block is designed for an open plan lifestyle, with a private study and bedroom. The main feature which makes this space adaptable is the movable sliding door which changes the layout and light when shifted.

Never Too Small: 122 Roseneath Street
The feature sliding door divides the space between zones, creating privacy when required.
Never Too Small: 122 Roseneath Street
The kitchen sits on the opposite side to the small study space.
122 Roseneath Street

Architect Briony Massie from Fieldwork explains that a number of neighbourhood surveys were conducted before the build to find out what people wanted the most out of a space, and the response was a strong sense of community and engagement.

122 Roseneath Street

On each side of the building are two raised communal gardens which are not gated and built as an extension of the street and is built on top of the original brutalist facade.

Looking for more architectural inspiration? Check out this New York loft inspired small living space.