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With sliding wall system, architect carves tiny apartment into 24 rooms

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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.

This is brilliant.

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.”

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