Manhattan dweller creates “Origami Apartment”

by Mark R

I always loved reporting on people who create the most out of a small space. As someone who lives in a small space, I guess I just can’t help myself.

We have reported on a man in Hong Kong who created a Domestic Transformer or the Tokyo man who builds his home in a parking space.

These architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson work for Normal Projects, and they have created a flexible space in one of the most over-populated city in the world: New York City. There is a video of it after the jump if you want to see how it works.

You can see that there is a terrific big blue cabinet that serves as a bed, table, wall, shelf, and closet. As the architects say: “everything has a purpose” and “more is more”.

I used to think that spaces like these reminded me of the cramped space in The Fifth Element, where Bruce Willis lived in this dwelling that was more of a modular shifting closet than a home.

However, when I see spaces like this, I feel good about a future where people live in small, yet cozy places. My attitude is: if you have to live there out of necessity, then you might as well make the best of a small situation.


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