You've all seen those industrial-strength file cabinets where one rolls the whole wall of cabinets to walk between them; many years ago TreeHugger showed an implausible apartment designed on the principle. Now PKMN [pacman] architetures of Madrid gobbles up an apartment on the outskirts of Madrid for Yolanda, a designer herself, who is moving into Grandma's little house with a lot of stuff. Not only that, it's a live/work space where she meets clients.
Half of the house is left wide open for a rousing game of ping-pong, while the other half transforms through various functions by sliding storage and wall modules made from cheap and cheerful flakeboard. It's sort of a budget version of Gary Chang's Domestic Transformer or Graham Hill's LifeEdited apartment. Push the units, hanging from industrial track, one way and you have a kitchen and dining room;
Push it another way and you have a meeting room or lounge;
Push it once more and you have a bedroom, although I hope she doesn't decide she wants a cup of tea before bed; the kitchen is now buried behind the bedroom module. The architects write:
Through a carefully made design, totally custom-made, and the combination of carpentry and the use of quite a simple industrial railing system, all the server space in the house is arranged through three wooden, suspended, mobile and transformable containers. This server space can be totally re arranged in just a few seconds, thus allowing, in a variety of combinations with served space, to adapt the whole house according to specific needs for the use of space at the time, enabling infinite homes within a house.
In the video, Yolanda does a whole lot of pushing; I could imagine that it gets tiring. On the other hand, it works really well at making all the personal stuff disappear for the work day, totally transforming the spaces. It cleverly puts the fixed stuff like the bathroom and the kitchen on either end, so that there are no messy plumbing and wiring issues in the moving parts. Nice work by PKMN, found on my new favorite site, Living in a Shoebox.