By Trisha Harinath, Project Consultant Catherine de Vincenzo, Property Coordinator Judy Fogarty, Photography Chris Baker

Assuming that working and living in the same space is never a stylish affair, can only mean you haven’t seen a property quite like this one.

The unused roof space of a multi-storey industrial building, in the heart of Morningside, has been converted into a home that radiates charm and style.

The brief from the owners to Sphere Design and Architecture was to create a simple, modular, open-plan and inexpensive home that incorporated a variety of recycled elements, and also placed an emphasis on fun living. The home had to be inventive and creative, yet completely uncomplicated.

Sphere’s response was to design two steel rectangles – one that served as an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, with a workspace for one of the owners, and the other the master bedroom.

These spaces were then linked with half a shipping container, with the other half used as a dressing room attached to the main bedroom. Two more shipping containers were brought in – one as an office for the husband, and the other repurposed as a guest bedroom and bathroom.

Although the idea for this home started off in jest, through a strong collaboration between the owners and the architect, this unique space sets the trend for creative and innovative home structures.

“We love our rooftop home,” says the owner. “It offers us ample entertainment areas with a fabulous low-maintenance garden – and there’s no lawn to mow or leaves to sweep. Our view of the stadium and city is spectacular, especially coupled with fireworks after events. Security is a non-concern, which makes living where we do that much more special.”

With a view as magnificent as this, and a space that is full of character, comfort and pops of colour, it is no wonder these owners choose to work and live right here.