This Adaptive Micro-Apartment Concept Does it All in Half the Space

With the touch of a button on your smartphone, your furniture begins to reconfigure while new walls glide into place. In a matter of seconds, your bedroom can become the kitchen, dining room, or simply an empty room thanks to the ingenuity of architecture students at Delft University of Technology's Hyperbody design team. The Pop up Interactive Apartment occupies a mere 50 square metres of multi-use space optimized for specific real-time use, allowing the occupant to choose a configuration based on current needs.

Enter the hyper-efficient world of Pop up Interactive Apartment after the break.

Driven by the need to streamline urban space, the Pop up Interactive Apartment amalgamates personal spaces to provide one completely useful apartment. The designers hatched the design for a space that could comfortably host the same activities as an apartment twice its size. "The pop-up apartment allows to live in a continuously changing space, real-time tailored to the wishes of the future user," says the brief. The designers successfully shrunk 100 square metres into 50 without compromising space or utility - simultaneously providing space for a kitchen, bathroom, living room, an office, a bar, storage, and two bedrooms, with room to spare.

Built of polypropylene and driven by sub-floor motors, the movable furnishings of the Pop up Interactive Apartment are designed for maximum flexibility and durability. A subtle matrix of curved tracks punctuate the floor indicating all possible arrangements for the changeable space. When activated, flat panels of purpose-cut polypropylene slide from their wall-side hiding place, changing shape as they move to their temporary position. Each polypropylene panel is a multifunctional element in the apartment, contoured to a range of uses in each configuration. The apartment can be programmed to automatically configure according to time of day, with presets available for morning, afternoon, dinner, and night. 

Story via Fast Company

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Cite: Finn MacLeod. "This Adaptive Micro-Apartment Concept Does it All in Half the Space" 20 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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