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Australia’s first convertible apartment completed in Melbourne


MAKING your bed has been taken to the next level in an innovative new one-bedder apartment without an actual bedroom.


Sliding walls, concealed storage and a fold-down bed transform the living and dining area into a separate bedroom and smaller living space.


The Herald Sun road-tested Australia’s first convertible apartment prototype, packing away the entire bedroom and setting up the living zone in less than two minutes.


Seven of these apartments are expected to be completed by spring in the new Sanctuary on the River development in Abbotsford, starting from $415,000.


Developer Hamton and architecture firm Rothelowman focused on using specific design features to make the most of the space.


Rothelowman principal Chris Hayton said the fold-out bed and other features added several metres to the living space.


“When the bed is hidden away and the wall moved across into the bedroom area, the result is a 70 per cent increase in living area,” he said.


“The most challenging thing about designing this apartment was delivering everything it had to do in a way that was visually appealing and in a sensible budget.


“In order to produce something really simple we had to put a lot of thought into working out the detail behind it.”


Mr Hayton said the apartment market was slowly shifting as a growing number of owner occupiers were opting for apartment living.


The 42sq m apartments are finished with Scandanvian-inspired style including concealed appliances, 7m balconies and marble splashbacks.


Five of the seven apartments have already been snapped up by young professionals and investors.


Hamton joint managing director Paul Hameister said they chose Sanctuary to debut the convertible spaces because young professionals and owner-occupiers were attracted to the Abbotsford location.

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