February 09 2012

Transformers in Disguise: Compact Home Design to Optimize Space Efficiency

Can you imagine a small apartment, let’s say about 344 square feet, transforming into 24 different rooms? It’s possible.

Well, at least when architects and engineers choose to focus on such a concept anyway, but the fact is that it has been done.

Space is becoming more of a commodity, particularly within the city, such as in Hong Kong and New York, since there is less and less space due to incessant construction projects. So the next best, or perhaps most environmentally friendly and space-efficient, solution may be to utilize every “white space” possible in terms of architecture.

Transformer Apartment in Barcelona, SpainOne way to maximize space may be to use cabinets that open not only to shelves, but perhaps a kitchen or an office. In Barcelona, Spain, a tight-spaced apartment looks empty at first; however, has what-appears-to-be cabinets instantly transforming into bathroom-, kitchen-, and bed-space.

And, in a neighborhood called Gramercy in New York, New York, a studio apartment has cabinets, which, all together, function as a door to a small office.

It can also be cost efficient for a home to rely mostly on natural light, especially if a compact home takes advantage of the outdoor terrace by doubling it as a living room and/or balcony.

Taking advantage of walls can also prove to be efficient. Home design in cities, such as Tokyo, Japan, are designed to be compact and to make use of vertical space, which offers plenty of living room for a more contemporary style, particularly since horizontal space is growing scarce.

Transformer Home in Hong Kong, China Another option may be to incorporate a sliding wall system, which provides multiple walls, and in turn a combination of rooms. In Hong Kong, China, a tiny 344-square-foot apartment can even transform into 24 possible rooms.

Such architecture and imagination provides eco-, space- and cost-efficient house designsCreating such a compact lifestyle is not necessarily limited by city space, and investing in such thought, time, and money can be one of your greatest decisions.

What are some drawbacks to your home in terms of being space efficient?

Credit: Images and data linked to sources.

Benjamin Ha

Benjamin Ha recently graduated as an Honors Scholar from New York University with a Bachelor’s in English and American Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. Prior to Global Site Plans, Ben’s experiences revolved primarily around issues of public health. After realizing that the environment plays a critical role in the effects of public health, his interests gravitated toward understanding the interaction between the social and natural environment. In the near future, he hopes to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Science after obtaining a Global Sustainability Certification at UCLA. Ben is originally from the Bay Area in California, and now resides in Los Angeles.

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One Response to “Transformers in Disguise: Compact Home Design to Optimize Space Efficiency”

  1. Alexandria Stankovich Says:

    Clean lines and lots of storage in such a small space! You have to watch the video linked to the first image!

    Your fellow GRID Blogger,

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