Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Movable walls.




From nytimes.com:

Gary Chang, a Hong Kong architect, lives in a tiny apartment, but thanks to accordion-like wall units, he can create at least 24 different room configurations.

Photo: Marcel Lam for The New York Times


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10 comments:

Little Lantern said...

Brilliant. I love it! I'm not ready to move in yet, but I love it.

Ivy Lane said...

Awesome!

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alex brooks said...

I'm not half as in love with the apartment as I am with that lush gold-washed photography. Beautiful!

Laura said...

This sort of reminds me of the plans for the Metal Shutters House in NYC...the animation is amazing, hopefully the apartments, when finished, will live up to it!

Kathryn said...

These movable walls are such a cool idea! I love the possibilities for creating a bunch of different rooms in one space. Sounds like it would keep life interesting!

I've been using Houzz.com to collect different room ideas that I like; I think I'll try and do something over there with a collection of walls like this and other mutable design tricks. Would love to know if you know of any other design things that help to change the size and shape of a room.

Thanks for the info!

matt said...

ugh...configure this. i guess a positive is you probably wouldn't have to configure a work out room. i imagine changing your "kitchen" to "library" would be work out enough.

Vivien said...

Tom Kundig is doing a version of this with "puzzle walls" in the Eleven Eleven condos on Capital Hill in Seattle. http://www.1111eastpike.com/about.html

If I lived in a small open floor plan apartment, I would love the ability to slide a wall to either hide my bedroom or my kitchen. Just think, after dinner with guests, you can pile the dishes in the sink, slide the wall to hide the mess, and worry about it after the party.

eeps. said...

i read this story at least eight times last week, and i still didn't understand how it works. it's amazing what those little asians in hong kong do with their tiny apartments. i've seen an HK furniture designer install a "reading platform," which was basically lifting his living room by a foot for extra storage underneath.

Ankh Ah said...

"those little asians"?

*sigh*

Anyway, I don't love the idea, but I definitely respect the thought that went into making it real. And I really like the photos.