Extreme domestic transformation.

July 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm 2 comments

via the New York Times (January 14, 2009):

In one spectacular Hong Kong apartment, there are “at least 24 different layouts that Mr. [Gary] Chang, an architect, can impose on his 344-square-foot apartment, which he renovated last year. What appears to be an open-plan studio actually contains many rooms, because of sliding wall units, fold-down tables and chairs, and the habitual kinesis of a resident in a small space.

“In the last two decades, he has renovated four times, on progressively bigger budgets as his company, Edge Design Institute, has grown. His latest effort, which took a year and cost just over $218,000, he calls the “Domestic Transformer.”

Watch the video to start appreciating the detail of this home. The magic starts around 1:18.

If you are faced with similarly small quarters but find the idea of creating moveable walls a bit daunting, take some inspiration from a Queeste Architecten‘s design for a Bed & Breakfast of approximately 325 square feet, called the “Maff Apartment” :

Domestic Transformer photo by Marcel Lam/The New York Times
Maff Apartment photo by Teun van den Dries

July 12′s daily design idea is think big, even if you live small. Making double and triple uses of your space will effectively increase your available square footage.


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