Cleverly rotated volumes make the most of a tiny Shanghai apartment

July 30, 2018 by  
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With a population of over 24 million, it’s no wonder that apartments are small in the Chinese mega-city of Shanghai . Thanks to clever space-saving techniques and design, however, making life pleasant in small spaces is more than possible, as seen in this recent apartment renovation on Kangping Road. Local architecture practice TOWOdesign transformed a tiny apartment into the 10 Degrees House, a multifunctional abode that uses enclosed volumes to cleverly delineate its various programs while maintaining an open and colorful character. Despite the 430-square-foot apartment’s small footprint , the brief asked for a home that would include a bedroom as well as an office, entertainment area, storage and all other functions necessary in daily living. Rather than walls, the TOWOdesign inserted four “function boxes” with curved edges, each of which services a different program. The four boxes include the bedroom, bath, entertainment space and the centrally placed kitchen with integrated storage. All of the boxes are wrapped in light-colored timber, except for the kitchen unit that is covered in glossy, bright yellow panels. “However, some contradictions appeared after placing the boxes in this small space, especially the box for entertainment; it blocked the entire flow line and view of the whole space,” the architects said in a project statement. “Therefore, TOWOdesign made some adjustment to the previous design. They rotated all the functional boxes by 10 degrees; in this way, said problems were all solved perfectly. What’s more, the 10 degree rotation made some interesting intersections. For example, next to the box for resting, the intersection space happens to be good for installing a staircase with storage cabinets hidden, which is very flexible and practical.” Related: This kitchen in a box makes it easy to cook in micro-apartments and tiny homes The spaces in between the rotated volumes, such as the living room and open kitchen, feel spacious thanks to the use of white walls and large mirrors. Space-saving elements, like the folding dining table and plenty of hidden storage, help reduce visual clutter. + TOWOdesign Images by TOWOdesign

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Amazing shapeshifting unit transforms your home interior at the touch of a button

June 5, 2017 by  
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MIT Media Lab and design genius Yves Béhar are making tiny apartments more livable in a big way. One year after their big unveil, Béhar and MIT’s line of transforming robotic furniture, called Ori, just launched for developer pre-orders. With the touch of a button or even a voice command, the amazing “apartment-in-a-box” quickly transforms any studio space into an apartment with a bedroom, living room, and office. Ori, Inc.’s commercial launch includes the Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems, which combine smart robotics with elegant design to effortlessly transform any small living space into a multifunctional home. The compact module consists of a sliding bed and a closet on one side, and an office and entertainment area on the other. The unit can be activated and moved with a push of a button, through an app, or with voice commands. Powered by a standard outlet, Ori slides in and out on a gliding track to maximize the area for the living and entertaining space or the bedroom. The bed glides in and out beneath the full closet. Surfaces pull or fold out to create workspaces or a bedside table. Ori also includes open shelving, cabinets, hooks, and a built-in area for an entertainment system. Each type of space can be preset with preferred integrated lighting so that a simple push of a button will morph the room. “The Ori Full and Ori Queen Systems will transform the experience of contemporary urban living. Ori Technology animates the furniture, walls and other parts of the living space in ways that maximize space, comfort and living,” said Ori CEO and Founder Hasier Larrea. “However, Ori’s vision is much broader. This first family of systems is just one of many applications of Ori Technology. We will continue to explore more spatial challenges and create new families of Ori systems for a variety of interior settings. ” Related: Yves Béhar launches world’s first smart crib to help parents get more sleep Built of poplar plywood, the multifunctional furniture module is available in light or dark and is flatpack. The Ori systems are currently available in ten cities and have already been installed in a dozen apartment complexes across North America. Pre-orders by developers can expect delivery of these systems later this year. + Ori Systems

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Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures

December 27, 2014 by  
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MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places team has created a futuristic device that could make your tiny apartment feel more like a spacious penthouse. Introducing CityHome, a motorized and compact “home in a box” that can make a 200 square foot space feel like a room three times larger. Equipped with built-in sensors, motors, and LED lights, this multipurpose invention will even expand and collapse with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. Read the rest of Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: changing places , cityhome , cityhome apartment , gesture control , hands-free control , kent Larson , LED lights , MIT , MIT Media Lab , tiny apartments , transformable furniture , transforming apartment , Transforming Furniture

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MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places team has created a futuristic device that could make your tiny apartment feel more like a spacious penthouse. Introducing CityHome, a motorized and compact “home in a box” that can make a 200 square foot space feel like a room three times larger. Equipped with built-in sensors, motors, and LED lights, this multipurpose invention will even expand and collapse with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. Read the rest of Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: changing places , cityhome , cityhome apartment , gesture control , hands-free control , kent Larson , LED lights , MIT , MIT Media Lab , tiny apartments , transformable furniture , transforming apartment , Transforming Furniture

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Karin Matz Renovates Tiny Dilapidated HB6B Apartment Into a Beautiful Daylit Home in Stockholm

June 2, 2014 by  
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How to Avoid Going Insane While Sharing a Tiny Apartment with Your Significant Other

February 13, 2014 by  
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As much as we adore small spaces , it’s hard to deny that living in super close quarters with your significant other can cause a strain on your relationship. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up 9 tips for couples trying to keep from maiming one another while sharing a micro apartment . Check them out here and let us know what advice you have for co-habiting a small space. SEE THE TIPS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adAPT Nyc , couples living in small spaces , couples living in tiny apartments , how to divide studio apartment , how to layout studio apartment , how to make the most of a small space , micro apartments , nyc studio apartment , small apartments , small space design , space divider , studio apartment , studio apartment nyc , tiny apartments , tiny homes        

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Awesome Hanging Bedroom Maximizes Space in Tiny London Apartment

September 25, 2013 by  
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Hanging a bed from the ceiling is not only a practical solution for small apartments – it also creates a strong design statement. The owners of this tiny London apartment maximized their living space by suspending their bed above the designated office space, and then they inserted a skylight above it. The overhead window optimizes natural light during the day, and at night it provides a direct connection to the starry sky. Read the rest of Awesome Hanging Bedroom Maximizes Space in Tiny London Apartment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: furniture design , hanging bedrooms , hanging beds , loft beds , small apartment ideas , small London apartments , small spaces , smart furniture , suspended beds , tiny apartments , tiny spaces        

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3XA Maximizes Tiny 312 Square Foot Apartment by Building Vertically

July 24, 2013 by  
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Temporary “Canned” Andy Warhol Museum Pops up in a Lisbon Mall

July 24, 2013 by  
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LivingHomes Debuts Next-Generation Zero Energy C6 Prefab Home

July 24, 2013 by  
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