Fluid Space: Architect’s Answer to Cramped Living Quarters

Posted on February 20, 2010

Architect, Gary Chang has been feeling cramped and crowded for most of his life. For thirty years, his home was a 344 square foot flat he shared with six others in Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

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This situation nurtured his understandably insatiable obsession for more living space that has followed him into adulthood.

Chang has come up with his own unique and innovative answer to improving the cramped lives of many urban dwellers with his surrealistic “domestic transformer.”

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“The high intensity of use makes (it) more like a large home appliance than a dwelling… The idea is everything is moving. This is my laundry space,” said Chang, sliding away a wall filled with CDs to reveal a washing machine and dryer.

A kitchen appears as if by magic when he slides away another track-mounted metal wall bearing a plasma TV. In true “now you see it, now you don’t” fashion, a luxurious 1.9-meter (more than 6 foot) bathtub turns itself into a guest bed!

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“The only enclosed space is the toilet, and it’s bigger than usual,” says Chang, who runs his own design and architectural firm. He has won awards for his innovative applications and he has taken the concept of space saving to the extreme.

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The idea is to tune your home closer to what you really want instead of being dictated to by the market or by the space allocated,” says Chang who has transformed his tiny apartment in an old tenement building surrounded by the highways and skyscrapers of Hong Kong’s runaway urban sprawl into an unbelievable living space with polished chrome walls that bear 24 configurations, each addressing a general whim and/or specific need. He has at his disposal a home theater, spa, kitchen, bedroom and “chill out zone with hammock.”

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It cost him quite a bit to make these changes (HK $1.8 million, US$231,700,  to be exact). For some, it might seem they would fare better to shell out the cash for a bigger place, but not Chang.

Chang is now talking with property developers to replicate his flat in other space-starved, costly cities across Asia and Europe, including Paris.

Don’t fence HIM in!

What do YOU think about this?

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MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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8 comments
Tone Nee
Tone Nee

very good idea good work and save a lot of space, buttttt ............ this ain't for us lazy people like me where i will have to unfold this and move this just for a bed or couch to lay on from a long day of work

Bob Jones
Bob Jones

Wow! Polished, shining chrome walls for only $231 k?! Where can I get one of these homes?

asdfadsfd
asdfadsfd

I think this is no big deal. we already do this, except more ghetto style, in our one bedroom apartment with my wife and 2 kids

Emily
Emily

thats awsome

steijn
steijn

Hate those sucking catchphrases on the end

secksC
secksC

he is making city living suck, less !