Closet House / Consexto

Architects: Consexto
Location: Matosinhos,
Project area: 44 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Amândio Neto

© Amândio Neto

The Closet house rises from the need to transform 44m2 in a house thoroughly useful and livable. Has five spaces, two of them completely flexible and transformable by result of a displacement of a cabinet/wall, in wood with natural finish, that grants spaces from the living and room areas different sizes and uses.Likewise, all the associated automation technology makes possible that joint space, framed in various activities and daily routines. On one hand, the cabinet/wall serves as bedroom wardrobe, on the other side rises an extendable dining table, a mini bar and an integrated home cinema.

© Amândio Neto

However, there is a passage whenever the living area become greatest, be able to access to a higher niche where the bed is. This option allowed a whole perimeter area gain for storage and placement of a built-in LCD. The profitability of space coupled with technology was the dominant concern throughout the project; the kitchen and toilet equipped with cabinets that blend and automatically glide into the wall, mirrors with monitored exhaustion, ideal for small wetlands and no natural ventilation. All electronic devices, as well as natural and artificial lighting, are fully controlled by a home automation system applied. Energy efficiency guarantee was one of the main concerns.

bedroom detail plan

The closet house came to prove that is possible inhabit in small spaces whit the convenience, sophistication and intelligence of the greatest.

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Cite: "Closet House / Consexto" 23 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=97664>

15 comments

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    Whats the reason of all the Portuguese apartments submitted to AD looking like Pharmaceutical research laboratories?

    Closet house indeed.

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      Y cant understand the audio so y ignore it. It’s normal your opinion but remember that the film is thought with audio, if not everything was different

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    I think the best part was the coffe machine bumping against the wardrobe. Anyhow, if you’re supposed to live in an automated capsule from the 60′s, try to save Nagakin Tower in Tokyo as it seems it’s going to be demolished. Such a shame…

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    When there are two people living in an apartment, I’m not convinced a layout that changes based on the activity you want to do will successfully work. Why? What happens when the two people want to do different things? If one person wants to go to bed early, does that mean the living room can no longer be used? How much does the living room shrink to accommodate the “expanded” bedroom? What if someone wants to use the dining table while another wants to watch TV?

    Also, there will always be a need to retreat to another room in your home for some privacy (away from your partner). If “opening” one room means “closing” another room or space, will this take away any private space?

    Finally, I guess apartment size is relative. In the UK, a one-bedroom apartment for two people at 44 square metres is considered a reasonable, but still small size (that’s without any kind of moving walls or partitions). Recent housing guidelines for London recommend a one bedroom apartment for two people to be at least 50 square metres.

    In Britain, we currently (2010) do not have mandatory space standards for either public or private housing and as a result space standards for new homes tend to be pretty poor.

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    It’s cool, but mostly unnecessary. You don’t win much room with this. Maybe in ship or in some hotel this works. But for an experiment it’s great. It can create some ideas for normal future houses/apartments. Didn’t understand the video language.

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    would be great to have the whole plan- not only the bedroom detail plan- so we can have a clear understanding of the functions of the five spaces, especially the two of them you claiming to be completely flexible and transformable by result of a displacement of a cabinet/wall.
    The only natural light is from this window by the bed?

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    A noble effort indeed at making a such a small space do so much. It has it ups and downs but the feat of getting so much crammed into a tiny space like that is the wonder of it for me. From the looks of it seems quite liveable.

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    The rehabilitation project is effective and is successful. The introduction of technology will increase the price of a rehabilitation lack the price of the project’s budget to find out if rehabilitation is suitable

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