April 29, 2016
Hong Kong has some of the most densely populated urban areas in the world, so it is unsurprising that the city is home to some of the most creative smart living solutions in the world.
The brief for this apartment is simple: the young couple (and their 3 cats) wants a large kitchen, guest bedroom, full size bathtub, home cinema, gym and cat-friendly features - all in an apartment of 309 square feet. The architects at LAAB rose to the challenge with an ingenious design scheme which transformed the minuscule space into a high-tech multi-functional living machine.
The best part of an entire wall of the apartment is dedicated to the kitchen, but in order not to block the windows the cabinets can be retracted into the ceiling space at a push of a button. A wall panel housing an enormous TV screen slides out and transforms the space into a home cinema, where guests can lounge on seating on two tiers. The latter is made possible by the use of a moveable platform placed over a full sized bathtub, which doubles up as a spare guest bed.
The apartment is replete with sliding panels and clever storage compartments to make the most of the tiny space. The architects even designed elevated walkways and other fun features to entertain the cats. Afterall, however big or small a home is, we all know who really is the boss.
Small and multifunctional furniture is the way to go for small spaces. Try the Supernatural table from Moroso and the Stapelliege stacking beds from Mueller.
Lighting is crucial for creating an attractive atmosphere. The Guijarro wood veneer lights from LZF are warm and discrete and can be fitted onto walls or ceilings. The Mr Ed table light is small and doubles up as a bookend too.
The aGroove blue tooth speaker from Kreafunk is a compact and sleek addition to any high tech home. For something super functional and slick whilst you are on the move try the RFID wallets from Secrid.
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