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To deal with the tight spaces in Hong Kong, architect Gary Chang turns his home into 24 rooms with an innovative moving wall system.
Architect Gary Chang calls his Hong Kong living space the "Domestic Transformer."
In the video below, Chang shows off how he turned a tight space into an eco-friendly apartment. The kitchen is behind the TV, the guest bed is above the bathtub, and the bed folds into the wall. The key is in the sliding wall system, which can make 24 different arrangements.
I've lived in tight spaces all my life so I can appreciate Chang's innovative design. I grew up living in the same room with my family. And most recently, I've lived in shoe-boxed sized apartments in New York. Movable walls would have helped!
The New York Times previously reported:
Mr. Chang hopes that some of his home’s innovations might be replicated to help improve domestic life in Hong Kong, which has been troubled in recent years. The population grew by nearly a half-million in just the last 10 years, and between 2003 and 2007, reports of new cases of child, spousal and elder abuse nearly doubled, something social workers attribute in part to new social pressures caused by the city’s ongoing shortage of space.
“It’s a big problem,” Mr. Chang said. “Killing each other is not uncommon.”
Apr 26, 2010
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Now that I'm a widow and my kids are grown/moved, I am going to get rid of my 2.5 acre yard, 4-BR 2600 sq ft home and move to the city, and I am interested in minimalism in my future home. I would love to know more about the sliding walls, and possibly where to find a construction engineer who specializes in creating these architectural feats in small spaces. It sounds ideal for the new life I'd like to create. Any suggestions or referrals?
This use of sliding walls reminded me of that gruesome film Thirteen Ghosts, although that madhouse was purposely desgned for slice and dice. Irt compression, audio fidelity may not only be dependent on the format but the hardware too. Store in compressed format, then process to deliver audio in the desired acoustical quality. Besides that, discerning audiophiles are unique in taste and tastes vary. I mean, consider those that still enjoy tape and vinyl medium sources delivered by analog processing; a master recording that captured the raw brilliance of an original performance in the studio or wherever the venue happened to be at that unique moment in time. Like the comment already made there is still opportunity for vertical alteration should space allow. I can see it. Anyway, why has it taken so long since the Murphy Bed to evolve these spatial developments? Energy cogeneration and resource capture from various interior measures are other opportunities that complement renewable installations and enhance conservation as well as reuse. Along with greywater utilization, when will our residences implement gizmos and mechanisms that capture thermal or kinetic energy that would otherwise be wasted? Piezoelectric and magnetic devices implemented in the walls, floor, or other places such as an exercise wheel not just for hamsters but people too. How much juice can several active rodent's generate? Surely enough to recharge small batteries and electronic devices. Forgive, because I've been reading Paulos' "Innumeracy" and unique ideas are coming to mind that beg for quantification. Peace and prosperity.
I doubt I could keep the wall paths clear enough to allow full movement of the walls. Also, while I like the idea of one room transforming into whatever room you need, it would certainly need re-thinking for a family, who might need to be in different rooms at the same time. Good layout for his uses, though, and nice sense of style.
Because this topic is being discussed, I may as well add in - MP3 is great, don't get me wrong. I've never actually heard of FLAC format. Personally, I prefer M4A. It's much higher compressed without losing any quality. Roughly, a 4 minute song, at 44.1KHz, and 256KBps MP3 weighs in at around 9 to 14 megabytes. The same song, in M4A format, would be about 4 to 6 megabytes. So, logistics of FLAC aside, M4A > MP3.
Why is it that minimizing human footprint... the space we occupy, the things we use and produce... always equates to being "eco-friendly"? Almost as if being human was some kind of crime against nature. Relegating Mankind to the position of the bastard stepchild. I far prefer my small, 1556 ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with a quarter acre of land. Innovative? pfft.. Innovative would be building out onto the ocean, or terraforming mars and venus for more living space.
This is a smart idea for sure but being an architect how come he stopped at 2D movements? i.e. the sliding walls move only to & fro, they can also move up & down in some instances creating altogether new possibilities. Small spaces when utilized in imaginative way can produce sustainable solutions, moreover by superimposed transformation possibilities in city like Hong Kong where space carries astronomical premium such product has more viability. The effort is in right direction and needs to be further probed. Comments on converting music etc. is superfluous and misses the essence of the efforts. Kudos to the architect Chang.
It is possible to convert CDs into .FLAC format and retain all the information without data loss (unlike MP3s). EAC is unique for CD ripping because of multiple read if error occurs. Not sure about DVD but DVD Audio Extraction seems to do the conversion. Of course, more hard disk space is needed but they are cheap these days.
Interesting & useful concept - if one has the money. I shudder to think at the cost of implementing these "modern transformer apartments" - some of us find just the price of the LCD TV prohibitive...
Regarding the comment on the large number of CDs the architect of the house has: Compressing the information on all those CDs onto a few hard drives would involve converting the music from high-fidelity files to lower-fidelity MP3s. Many serious listeners can tell the difference between music played from a CD and music played from an MP3-file. DVD-recording of music uses even more bits to encode a second of music, and some users can tell the difference between DVD-music, and CD-music.
Pretty good ... here's a similar idea from a long time ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgpQ-K7n2uc
Great apartment, but he wastes a lot of space on storing CDs that could probably all be loaded onto one large hard drive.
(Mr. Chang, a technophile who checks on his apartment with a Web cam while traveling, refuses to switch to MP3 files because he loves CD cases and liners.) source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/garden/15hongkong.html?pagewanted=1