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Tuesday
Jun122012

A very small space that lives big

We received an email from Robert Garneau of Studio Garneau, an architecture firm in New York, about one of their award-winning renovation projects called Transformer (a derelict pre-war studio apartment). This is one of the coolest and most efficient uses of a small space I have seen in a LONG time. Here is a quick breakdown of what they did and the features of the space. 

  1. Sliding a wall carves a bedroom from the living room, while revealing a library or a home office.
  2. Sliding wall transforms into surface for projector for movie-watching.
  3. Tilting down a wall-bed unveils a walnut clad sleeping nook complete with bedside niches.
  4. Wall-bed tucks away tp create yoga niche.
  5. A tiled washroom wall opens to expose walnut clad laundry hampers and linen closets.
  6. Pressing a button converts a dining table into a countertop, complete with secret compartment inside.
  7. Custom modular sofa can be configured into queen size bed. 

Reader Comments (15)

This space is beautifully executed---Details worked through to perfection. Though it is "small", it doesn't feel smashed down by low ceilings and the tall windows give it light and "lift", as well. Very nice. ~Sparky

12 Jun 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSparky

incredible. I'm lifting my jaw off the floor.

12 Jun 2012 | Unregistered Commenternat

This space is wonderful !

12 Jun 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinsi

What a beautiful house, for a one floor house the execution of the floor plan is awesome. They've really put in a lot of thought into using every inch in the house. The bathroom is to die for!! I really like the idea of the shower head on the ceiling, what is that type of faucet called?

12 Jun 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhow2home

Génial ! Fantastique. I love every inch square of this place. Bravo.

12 Jun 2012 | Unregistered Commenterloulou ste-adele

What an amazing use of space! And imagine, a house with a library :)

A truly incredible space. I love the bathroom and that Murphy bed is a real coup de coeur. I just wish that there was a half bath for guests. I personally don't like the idea of someone walking through your intimate spaces to use the bathroom.

13 Jun 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia

Divine! The creation of such a zen like area in such a small space is fabulous, the moving walls, the flow of wood in each room, the small nooks that are used to create extra space. I simply love it!

13 Jun 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZeppy

What fantastic use of space. Love the way everything multi-tasks. This house feels much than its meagre square footage!

13 Jun 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIssy

I'm searching for a solution like the one used here for the bed. Could you tell me more about the kind of system/hardware used?

Many Thanks!

14 Jun 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Very well done. How many m² does it have?

15 Jun 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLorena

Amazing! and so elegant!

23 Jun 2012 | Unregistered Commenterselina

Thank you for your wonderful comments, let me try to answer some of your questions:
The hardware for the Wall Bed/Murphy Bed is manufactured by Hafele, the legs retract automatically and it's perfectly counterbalanced so it's easy to lift and lower.
The space is 650 square feet, approximately 60 square meters.
The recessed ceiling shower is called Rain Showerhead, and in this project it's 4 separate adjustable heads by Kohler.

1 Jul 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStudio Garneau

Lovely apartment. However, I'd like to point that 650 square feet are 60 square meters, not 200. A 200- square-meter apartment is huge!

3 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLud

Thanks Lud for pointing that out, we fixed that typo, indeed the apartment is not huge!

8 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStudio Garneau

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