Push-Button House: Now a Cafe, Coming to New York City

Longtime readers might remember Adam Kalkin's Push-Button House, the shipping container prefab that magically transforms from enclosed container to living space at the push of a button. We weren't sure we'd ever see it again (it was but a concept at the time) but it's popped up again; Italy-based illycaffè has decided to install one as a temporary cafe in New York City's Columbus Circle between November 28 and December 29 of this year.

Recall that, with the push of a button, the house opens in about 90 seconds like a flower and transforms from a compact container into a fully furnished and functional space with a kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, living room and library. A temporary cafe seems to be the perfect implementation for such an idea -- when it's closing time, just hit the button -- but we haven't figured out how customers will use the bathroom. Hit the jump for more pics. ::The Cool Hunter via ::Gizmodo

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