Extreme transformer home in Hong Kong: Gary Chang’s 24 rooms in one 344 sq ft flat
Architect Gary Chang received worldwide attention when he designed a system of transforming furniture that allowed his 344-square-foot flat to become 24 different rooms. So far, however, no developers have expressed interest in implementing Chang’s system in their own flats. If they aren’t built by developers, it is unlikely that individual homeowners would be able to commit to such innovations.
Watch Gary Chang’s video Extreme transformer home in Hong Kong: Gary Chang’s 24 rooms in 1 …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB2-2j9e4co
Gary Chang has lived in the same 32 square meters (344 square feet) for nearly his entire life. Nearly 40 years ago, he moved into the tiny apartment with not only his parents and 3 younger sisters, but they rented a room to a tenant.
During his childhood the space was divided into several small rooms- kitchen, bathrooms and 3 bedrooms (Chang slept on the couch). In 1988 when his family moved out (into something bigger), Chang bought the place from the landlord for $45,000 and began his experiments in small space design.
Today, at first glance, the small space appears a fairly average open studio, but with pulls on handles, walls slide across steel tracks, Chang can have a “maximum kitchen“, a guest bedroom, a library, dining room, laundry-room and even a spa: one walls slides to reveal an extra-large Duravit bathtub.
His home is tricked out with a wall-sized movie screen, a shower with color therapy and massage that doubles as a steam room, but Chang argues that the moving walls are fairly low-tech. And while he can control his appliances with his smartphone he usually prefers the manual option.
Chang is now an architect (Edge Design) with a focus on micro-apartments.
*Cameraman Johnny Sanphillippo also films for the site Strong Towns: http://www.strongtowns.org/
Gary Chang’s Edge Design: http://www.edgedesign.com.hk
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