Crafted from the existing basement of a heritage building, Studio Elroy attests to the possibility of inspired living on a small scale. Inhabiting a footprint of just 28m2, the self-contained unit accommodates a queen-sized bed, a home office workstation, a kitchen and living space, a wine cellar, and a bathroom fitted with a generous vanity, toilet, and shower.
The internal geometry of the space is described by a protruding joinery unit which delineates indoors and out. The structure inverts the existing opening in the sandstone façade in the interest of promoting access to natural light and ventilation below street level. Cochineal-red paint soothes the studio’s necessarily complex program and masks its tense orchestration from the occupant.
In lieu of a view to a changing streetscape, time is marked inside by the painted and tiled surfaces that boast changing shades of salmon through garnet as sunlight and shadows enchant the apartment. Punctuated by ribbed batons, brass detailing, and natural stone, a red historically bound to fire and brimstone finds a certain sincerity and resounding peace in this project.
“Our appreciation for the willingness of Elroy’s clients to explore this dramatic opportunity cannot be overstated.”
Heritage Item within a heritage conservation area
28 sqm (area of intervention)
Design and documentation
Alterations and additions
Year of completion
Project architect: Emiliano Miranda
Architectural assistant: Susan Meng
Designed & Developed by Lintel Studio
Joshua Maule Constructions