Thursday, March 5, 2009

One divided by Twenty-four

Optimizing space in a "pocket flat" is nothing new for many urban dwellers. But Hong Kong architect Gary Chang has turned it into a art form, using his 344-square-foot apartment as his canvas. 24 different layouts are possible thanks to sliding walls and folding furniture units.

In Mr. Chang’s solution, a kind of human-size briefcase, everything can be folded away so that the space feels expansive.

The wall units, which are suspended from steel tracks bolted into the ceiling, seem to float an inch above the reflective black granite floor. As they are shifted around, the apartment becomes all manner of spaces — kitchen, library, laundry room, dressing room, a lounge with a hammock, an enclosed dining area and a wet bar.

This is the fourth renovation to the space, and was inspired in part as a way to combat the clutter of an ever expanding CD collection.  The New York Times has the full story and photo gallery.

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