TreeHugger has shown a couple of apartments with moving walls, from Gary Chang's Domestic Transformer to Graham Hill's LifeEdited. The Barcode Room from Japanese designers Studio_01 carries the idea further, with three sliding partitions that fold into twelve configurations.
The designers write:
barcode room is a concept studio apartment composed of product furniture-walls which move freely from side to side, permitting the resident to customize the size of space to fit a variety of uses. Placing functional elements such as storage and furniture into these walls, only to be pulled out when in use, also allows for more of the floor area to be used by the inhabitant and guests, thus creating a space where one is able to both comfortably live and entertain a different number of guests easily.
Through the use of the furniture-wall, or bars, barcode room takes the typical studio space made for a single resident and allows it to be transformed into a space where one can live and friends can gather. Each furniture-wall is a combination of selection from 12 types of components to make a single bar. Depending on the combination of components, various types of bars can be created, such as a living bar, kitchen bar, or sleeping bar.
I rather like the use of simple materials, and how many different ways that the unit can be configured. Clever stuff from Studio_01.