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Movable Walls - Dynamic Interiors

One Tiny Apartment Transforms into many Rooms

Madrid accordion home: transforming walls get 5 rooms from 1

Published on Nov 23, 2014
Yolanda Pila wanted to convert her grandparent’s forties-style tiny home on the outskirts of Madrid into something that would fit her more modern lifestyle, as well as an in-home design studio. At her invitation, PKMN architects redesigned the 50-square-meter (538 square feet) home using sliding shelving units to create rooms that expand and disappear depending on the time of day.

The movable modules are common in warehouses and commercial spaces (they are suspended from the ceiling on rails), but here the architects appropriated them as flexible walls for the different rooms in Yolanda’s home.


6 rooms into 1: morphing apartment packs 1100 sq ft into 420

Published on Dec 3, 2012
In 2010, we met Graham Hill- the founder of and a serial entrepreneur. He had just bought two tiny apartments in a century-old tenement building in Soho and he had plans to turn them into laboratories, and showcases, for tiny living. He'd spent most of the past year living in tiny spaces- "a tiny trailer, a tent, and then a boat" and he was convinced others would love it as much if small spaces could be designed right.

He wanted a tiny space that didn't sacrifice function, but instead that would expand to provide a wish list including dinner parties for 12, accommodations for 2 overnight guests, a home office and a home theater with digital projector. Not wanting to limit himself to local architects, he crowdsourced the design as a competition and received 300 entries from all over the world. Two Romanian architecture students won with their design "One Size Fits All".

Completed in 2012, his LifeEdited apartment doesn't resemble the cramped space we saw in 2010. Today the 420-square-foot space can be expanded to include the functionality of 1,100 square feet: walls, drawers and beds move and unfold to create 6 rooms: living room, dining room, office, guest office, master bedroom and guest bedroom. If you include the kitchen and the bathroom which morphs into a phone booth or meditation room, the apartment includes 10 total rooms.

390 Square Foot Micro Apartment With Multifunctional Sliding Wall

Published on Sep 29, 2015
Five To One Apartment is the latest invention of MKCA allowing a tiny studio apartment in New York City to have ample space for living, working, sleeping, dressing, and entertaining. The kitchen, dining area, sleeping area and bathroom all comfortably fit within 390 square foot of compact space.

Daytime and nighttime zones are interchangeable by gliding a motorized sliding storage element from one end of the room to the other.

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