With London all a-swelter from a heatwave and the grass of Wimbledon getting its tennis action, let’s step inside a tranquil Barbican apartment with a difference. The Seventies Brutalist style of concrete crazy architecture dominates this section of the densely populated financial district in the East side of London. Brutalism was a reaction to the lightness and optimism of the 1930s and 40s architecture, receiving its name from the French béton brut, or “raw concrete,” a term used by Le Corbusier to describe his choice of material. Brutalism was favoured for government buildings and high rise housing, as in the Barbican area of London.
Who says that your parents’ garage can’t be the perfect place to set up home? This diminutive double garage in Melbourne is the cleverly converted studio apartment of Alex Kennedy. I cannot believe how functional and creative her teeny tiny space of only 6m² is!
After realising that buying a house was out of her budget, Alex, with the help of her architect friend Sarah Trotter of Hearth Studio, re-purposed the garage of her childhood home into a functional light space which belies the minuscule footprint it occupies.
Deeply influenced by the Japanese contemplation of light and our connection to the garden, and the Swedish notion of simplicity and minimalism, Alex’s home is carefully considered in a truly creative way. Recycled materials, second-hand fittings and different types of timber lend the space a distinct sense of thoughtfulness. While lush indoor plants create a calm and peaceful space.