Pivoting wall adds/subtracts rooms in NYC modular micro-flat




When architect Robert Garneau was asked to turn a Manhattan prewar studio into an apartment that would sleep 6 and seat 10 guests for Thanksgiving, he removed existing walls to create one large space, but added a hidden pivoting wall that swings out to recreate rooms when needed.

When the wall is rotated out, the one large space is divided into living room and bedroom and a Murphy bed is revealed behind the wall. Once the wall bed is pulled down the very back of the wall is revealed with recessed lighting, a charging station and a long bedside table.

Two hanging closets can be pulled from the wall beside the bed. The movable wall is also filled with storage and in the center there’s a window that can be opened to allow natural light to pass from the living room into the bedroom.

Garneau also built a pivoting wall into the bathroom. The floor-to-ceiling glass panel rotates to create a shower, but when flush with the wall the space is large enough for a two-person sink.

In the kitchen, an automated table can be raised or lowered to serve as extra countertop or a desk (the adjacent wall opens to reveal office supplies). The sides also flip up to serve as extra leaves and the elongated table can be moved to the center of the room to become a Thanksgiving dining table that seats 10.

Robert’s Swiss Army Knife Apartment:

Architecture: aw-pc.com
Furniture: studiogarneau.com

Original story:

Previous DIY House Crafts - Top 3 House Building idea.
Next Architectural Biennale in Venice 2018 exposition

24 Comments

  1. 805gregg
    June 25, 2018
    Reply

    For the cost of that remodel you could move out of the city and buy a nice house

  2. Hope Springs-A-Turtle
    June 25, 2018
    Reply

    Cleverly designed and engineered. While all the functionality is important, the practicality of HOW TO CLEAN AND MAINTAIN everything is just as crucial. The shower door must have a Teflon coating like RainX for car glass. The kitchen backsplash would have to be closed in order to protect the spices, etc., from cooking grease for example.

    Can you include these practicality issues in another video? Thanks!

  3. selcouth86
    June 25, 2018
    Reply

    Must be like living in a really intricate pop-up book.

  4. Sophie Trauer
    June 25, 2018
    Reply

    Really cool apartment, a pity that the tour/video was sooo repetitive.

  5. Mary Felch
    June 25, 2018
    Reply

    I love this, but it always makes me think, if I could afford to have the place tricked out like this, I could probably afford a bigger apartment!

  6. Stian NM
    June 25, 2018
    Reply

    Like the sofa very good, what brand is it and where can you buy one?
    Hope someone can help me with the questions, thanks.

  7. Andreas
    June 25, 2018
    Reply

    This man seems to be in love with Häfele solutions.

  8. Glen Kennedy
    June 26, 2018
    Reply

    Very Cool space! Nicely done!!

  9. Jennifer H.
    June 26, 2018
    Reply

    bigger hideable trashcan, regular sized fridge. I never understand these bathrooms with full clear glass doors for showers. Maybe ud find some type of film to cover up the glass

  10. Wichal Rangai
    June 26, 2018
    Reply

    Neat..!! Just the trash can under the silverware doesn't sit well for me to be honest… Unless it's easy to take out the trash every night, I guess… :/

  11. ginger herman
    June 26, 2018
    Reply

    Finally asian designs in western country

  12. freedom dove
    June 26, 2018
    Reply

    Great design.

  13. Dennis Cheng
    June 26, 2018
    Reply

    It really resembles his Swiss Army knife apartment. I’d love to have him fix up our place.

  14. Ray Kepper - RTK International
    June 26, 2018
    Reply

    That's FAR from being a micro!!

  15. John Lohr
    June 27, 2018
    Reply

    Brilliant architect. Very impressed by his design.

  16. Mark Arciaga
    June 27, 2018
    Reply

    Condo goals!!!

  17. martin
    June 27, 2018
    Reply

    Very intelligent design.

  18. Perktube1
    June 27, 2018
    Reply

    Now design one for a wheelchair.

  19. Erika Baj
    June 27, 2018
    Reply

    love this!!

  20. C. Karalee
    June 28, 2018
    Reply

    I wonder how this concept would work in a Class B or B+ RV?

  21. MB H
    June 28, 2018
    Reply

    Can you share the total size (in SF) of the apartment? I didn't hear the speaker mention that.

  22. Allen W
    June 28, 2018
    Reply

    This is the same guy who built the swiss army apartment. smart guy

  23. Stargirl
    June 28, 2018
    Reply

    Beauty

  24. Brad Hood
    June 28, 2018
    Reply

    A solid seven minute video in seventeen minutes.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *