2019 Houses Awards: Apartment or Unit

The Bae Tas by Work by Liz and Alex

Jury comment

Undeniably an exercise in doing more with less, this conversion of a 1970s twenty-six-square-metre bedsit in Hobart could earn the architects a new title as “space magicians.” Plywood has been used masterfully to create a new volume that makes the most of both the plan and section. There is a place for everything, yet signs of life’s daily routines are discreetly located on the perimeter – these functional elements are both compact and generous.

The most powerful aspect of the design is the way the space feels almost gallery-like when all is packed away. Achieving this in less than thirty square metres is a real feat, and is why this project is so deserving of the award.

The Award for Apartment or Unit is supported by Maximum.

See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.


Work by Liz and Alex
Project Team
Liz Walsh, Alex Nielsen
Builder and joiner Andrew Otto Woodworks
Engineer Aldanmark Consulting Engineers
Site details
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 26 Jul 2019
Words: Houses Awards Jury 2019
Images: Sean Fennessy


Houses, August 2019

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