A year ago we wrote about Gary Chang's Domestic Transformer, an incredible 344 square foot apartment that could change into any of 24 different designs. We showed pictures and plans, but more than any house I have seen, this one needs a movie. Planet Green visited it for the World's Greenest Homes, and it is truly four minutes of wow. Get a bigger version on Planet Green.
I repeat the plans below the fold for reference while watching....
all photos: Marcel Lam for The New York Times
One learns a lot from the video that we didn't know last year- that swinging hammock is really in the center of a huge home theater setup. Virginia Gardiner described the apartment in the New York Times:
The wall units, which are suspended from steel tracks bolted into the ceiling, seem to float an inch above the reflective black granite floor. As they are shifted around, the apartment becomes all manner of spaces -- kitchen, library, laundry room, dressing room, a lounge with a hammock, an enclosed dining area and a wet bar.
A simplified drawing of the apartment from AFP.
Chang also explains why this kind of design is so important in a world of diminishing resources, particularly when one of those resources is space:
The key idea is that everyone could look into their home more carefully and into how better to optimise their resources, because space is a resource. There is no use making your home as if it is a perfect show flat but at the same time never using the space.
He has now written a book about his experiences in the apartment; he has lived in it since he was 14 and has renovated it five times. It's called My 32m2 Apartment, a 30 Year Transformation.
Plans of the uniit: