Smaller spaces like city apartments typically require a bit of extra creativity to reconfigure in order to maximize whatever space is available. Tried-and-true methods include using multipurpose transformer furniture, using an open plan concept, or perhaps adding an all-in-one unit that adds a loft and extra functionality.
But there's only so many transformer apartments one can see before it all gets a little humdrum. Busting out of the mundane is this eye-popping design by Spanish studio Zooco in Madrid, which features a series of clever partitions extending out of the wall and folding down toward the floor, which double as storage and as furniture to lounge or work on.
Dubbed Modulor in an homage to the human-based scale of proportions developed by the pioneering modern architect Le Corbusier, the 365-square-foot apartment is divided up by different daily functions that are encapsulated in each of these curvilinear forms. There are full-wall mirrors to either side of the apartment, creating an illusion of greater space, but also creating a self-reflecting space of unexpected views that one navigates through or takes shelter in during the day.
The concept is to organize the partitions based on daily patterns of sleep, bathing, work and leisure, using an underlying proportion to create a harmonious space. At one end is the bed and sofa, ensconced against the wall.
At the other end is the mirrored shower and sink, followed by the dressing room area, an alcove to sit, and a work table with shelving. Activities are crystallized and held in these fluid forms, which touch the ground and allow for people to use them as a backrest to sit on the floor.
It's an unusual design that will no doubt have some saying that it is too inflexible and wastes too much floor space with its protrusions and alcoves. Nevertheless, it's visually captivating with its grand spatial gesture, and encourages a playfulness that parallels the daily rhythms of life in a quite an imaginative way. More over at Zooco.