Dave Brodziak has turned an old doorway alcove in Mayfield Street into a little cosy space to work. It is just 2.1 metres high, 1.6 metres wide and 1.14 metres deep.
The space is the result of having looked at the City of Melbourne’s planning scheme, which rates the CBD’s laneways according to potential, and around 63 small spaces in 50 of the council’s ‘worst’ laneways. Brodziak wants to draw these spaces into what he calls The Metropolitan Small Space Register – a way to make them useful.
“It’s about bringing together all the spaces that potentially could be used and making them available,” he says. “It would be a database that anyone could access and then people could come up with proposals for how they want to use the space. Whether it’s short or medium or long term. Whether it’s a little commercial venture or just a work space or for display.”