Craig Yelland, Director at Plus Architecture features in Financial Review

The 43-square-metre apartment that Katherine O’Byrne, 25, and Theo Christian, 27, rent in a newly completed block in Elsternwick, nine kilometres southeast of Melbourne’s city centre, might never be built again if Victoria implements minimum apartment guidelines next year, according to the building’s architect and apartment owner Craig Yelland.

The one-bedroom apartment the young professional couple rents breaks many of the rules of so-called good apartment design: it’s small, it uses borrowed light in the bedroom, and because it has only one aspect – a panoramic view from the lounge and balcony towards the city – cannot be cross-ventilated.

But it has been cleverly designed. There are adjustable glass louvres in the bedroom that let in light and fresh air from the balcony, secret cupboards in the kitchen that hide the fridge and pantry, timber floors that run the full length of the apartment to create a flowing space with a white-on-black colour scheme that makes the apartment feel brighter.

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