Organization of space

Apartment-transformer: 6 best examples from around the world

With a slight movement of the hand, the bedroom turns intooffice, wardrobe - in the table, and the table - in the bed? Yes, yes, in transforming apartments, perhaps not so. Small city apartments encourage architects and interior designers to search for non-standard solutions. And these solutions, if they are successful, allow, without sacrificing convenience, to combine seemingly incompatible things in one room. We have already written about, and today we have made for you a selection of the most interesting and unusual of them.

1. Apartments in Warsaw

Authors of the project, designers Becky Nix (Becky Nix)and Aleksander Novak-Zemplinski believe that the smaller the premises, the more organized it should be. They took into account their experience of living in small apartments and tried to maximize the space of this loft. Now here you can move furniture, things, customize the space for yourself. The designers wanted the house to have a large living room, but at the same time to have a private space for the guests. So they came up with the "Cube". When folded, it is a real mystery. But as soon as the bed is lowered and the doors open to "build" the walls, the space changes rapidly. In addition to the bedroom, there are also transformers in the apartment. For example, if you put a coffee table upright, it easily turns into a bar stool.

2. Office-bedroom in Japan

Tokyo architect Yuko Shibataoften works from home, and when she and her husband bought the house, she knew for sure that she needed an office. But her husband dreamed of a cozy home, not a workspace, and Yuko came up with a trick: instead of making a separate office somewhere in the corner, she used the space of the entire room. For inspiration, Yuko turned to traditional Japanese sliding screens - fusuma, which separate rooms in houses. She cut a hole in the bedroom wall and installed a huge swing door with built-in bookshelves. During the day it is a spacious and comfortable office, and in the evening the room turns into a cozy bedroom. The space seems larger than it actually is, thanks to the bright green color of the walls. And a complete renovation of an apartment was much cheaper than renting an office for three years.

3. A tiny apartment in Manhattan

Manhattan is a prestigious New York area with a roadreal estate and, as a result, small apartments. A family of three lives in an apartment of 65 square meters: Michael, Joan and their son Iona. Project architect Scott Oliver and his partner Margarita McGrath came up with some tricks to save space. In its usual form, this bookcase in the living room does not take up much space and allows you to organize parties and outdoor games with children. And if the owners want to have a bite to eat or do their homework, they simply lower the tabletop onto a special mobile cabinet that firmly fixes the tabletop. Nine year old Jonah always dreamed of having a homelike a pirate ship. All dreams have come true in his new room. Now Jonah proudly demonstrates the transformation of his sleeping place from bed to table and back again. And the mahogany floor stash hatches open up cavities about eight inches deep for storing clothes, toys and electronics. Children and friends are very important to this family, and the renovation of the apartment was conceived more to accommodate them more conveniently than to store personal belongings. Apart from Jonah's impressive collection of toys, the family has a minimum of items. The storage units were designed and built by Strand, which McGrath first encountered when the couple were students at Virginia Polytechnic. They invited Strand to work with all the wooden elements in the apartment. These are kitchen cabinets, bookshelves in the living room and pine flooring.

4. Home office

This 42 square meter apartmentit was necessary to create many areas - for cooking, for storing things, for sleeping and entertainment, as well as a workplace. If the entire space of the apartment is occupied with furniture, it can easily cause an attack of claustrophobia. Michael Chen and his partner Kari Anderson of Normal Projects have come up with an interesting solution to the problem. They destroyed most of the wall of the apartment and concentrated most of the functional areas in one place: the storage of kitchen utensils, pantry, wardrobe, bar, bed and office are now in one huge convertible closet. As a result of this trick, a large open space was formed in the apartment, suitable for living. The designers painted the wardrobe with bright blue paint and varnished it. Tucked away in the Origami desktop is a perforated steel divider that houses the cables from the computer. The sleeping area is lined with painted cork panels, and a small bookcase with books, an alarm clock and a reading lamp is built into it.

5. Trailer-house

Inspired by the classic roll-up bedJapanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki turned a standard Airstream trailer into a versatile home in 2009. Founder of design bureau Atelier OPA applied the famous Japanese sense of small space and equipped the trailer with "architectural furniture" (Japanese for kenchikukagu). This is a special series of furniture (mobile kitchen, office, sleeping area and living room), each detail of which is located in a wooden box with a hinged lid. This narrow trailer hides a kitchen, a dining table for six, and two beds, each with its own reading lamp. To maximize the space, the architect removed all the "stuffing" and added a large island in the center. A sink and a hob are hidden near the door under a steel casing. On the opposite side, under the dining table, there are grooves for storing wine. Like traditional Japanese futon beds, the mattress is hidden in the table and converts into two soft single beds.

6. The hidden dining room

In small spaces, it is important to consider eachsquare meter of area. Architect John Handley of Pulltab Design found a balance between convenience and practicality, keeping within the budget of a young couple who asked for his help. An interesting solution to save space in the apartment is the “smart desk”, which can be easily removed into the wall when not in use. The table top is made of inexpensive lightweight material (MDF) and is supported by a custom-made support mechanism. Now the premises can be used for movie shows or dinners for friends, depending on the mood of the owners.