In rowing, it's called hot-seating, where two crews share a boat and have to do a quick switch between races. Now designer Aaron Cheng has invented hot parking, where space is used for parking by day and living by night, with a design for parking spaces that turn into apartments through a very clever transformation.
Cheng explains at the James Dyson Award site:
During daytime, the housing units are compressed to create spaces for parking, while at night, the process reverses with parking turning back into living quarters via a pneumatic structure.
Cheng tells Fast Company:
“The project is designed for single young people, like those who just graduated from school. Normally they have regular work schedules and social lives, and the home to them is merely a place for sleeping; what they care is good location to the downtown area and relatively cheap rent.”
It isn't so simple as a regular parking structure; because the core units remain in the middle, the parking spaces use those stacking machines you see in New York City, where the cars have to be moved out of the way. So a poor resident of the night time unit would have to wait until all three car owners have picked up their vehicle before they could unpack their home.
I wonder if he would not have been better to put the fixed cores on the outside, rather than the inside; then a more conventional parking arrangement could have been used, as the living spaces expand inward. Of course, the view wouldn't be as good.
Then, of course, is the problem of scheduling. Cheng says "the home to them is merely a place for sleeping", but the people I know in that demographic often tend to stay up until three and get up at noon. I suppose they will just have to get up and sleep in the car. More at James Dyson Awards and Fast Company