Faced with the challenge of an enclosed 70’s layout with several unalterable features, including low ceilings and south-facing living spaces, architect Benjamin Chan of Sam Crawford Architects breathed new life into his 42sqm Sydney apartment creating a tranquil open plan space better suited for contemporary living. Soft curves and white minimalistic surfaces were used to brighten the living areas and gently transition between spaces. The new combined kitchen and dining room feature cheerful pops of pastel blue-green laminate and terrazzo, echoed in the narrow corridor entrance for a continuous feel. A seamless piece of joinery in the bedroom provides ample storage and conceals the bathroom entrance, revealing a laundry area bathed in bright yellow laminate; a playful contrast to the rest of the apartment.