Graham Hill's NYC tiny flat Old silo now spaceship-esque tiny home 2 days ago   14:53

Kirsten Dirksen
Graham Hill began experimenting with small space living in 2010 when he bought two units in a pre-war coop in New York City’s Soho. He ran a competition to redesign the first rundown flat, and the winners, Romanian architecture students Catalin Sandu and Andrei Butusina, created a moving wall and transformable furniture so the one room could function as three or four.

He sold LifeEdited1, or LE1, a few years ago and began work on his second experiment in living with less, LE2, which he hoped would be more affordable and less of a white box. This time he and his team created sliding couch-cubes that can be pushed from room to room to add seating to a couch/dining room or to configure into a queen-sized bed. There’s also lots of felt to absorb sound (both on walls and as a dividing curtain).

Ditching LE1’s movable wall - it didn’t block sound and was too expensive - the LifeEdited crew settled for an accordion door (it shrinks to one-tenth it’s expanded size and can fit into tiny closet in the wall). More often found in conference halls or schools, here the expando-wall divides the guest bedroom/office from the rest of the space. “When it's out it has the acoustic properties of a 2-by-4 insulated stud wall with drywall so it's very effective at sound insulation.”

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Linda Wright
The use of felt shingles on the wall to dampen noise is genius. That could work in any apartment or townhouse where noise from neighbors is a problem. The problem would be finding a source for that thick felt and getting it in a color you like.
Constantly dragging, moving, pulling, clicking, etc, to adjust the rooms on a daily basis.... That must be a nuissance for the neighbours below who have to listen to it, day after day after day after.... Looks nice, but no, it is a sad and time consuming way of life.
Sidney Lancaster
Mr E
This is actually cool and well thought out. The others i saw were just depressing as hell, and people trying to justify it because they live in a certain city.
Quite decent 👌🏿
Pink Diamond
Living in this place will soon get a person much items to remember where everything is at
Not for me.
Silver Girl
Seems like a lot of work, pushing, pulling, dragging. But looks great!
Silver Girl
I don’t even know one Zak.
Aaron Ramirez
I'd like more accordion wall coverage, please.
Rune Vingus-Kong
The felt and Huff-cure accordion wall are brilliant, and with the modern conveniences and curved bathroom wall, it feels like a well-designed living quarters un a space ship. I grew up in experimental spaces and know intimately just how important sound is t the feeling f privacy and comfort. The one thing I don't understand about Westerners is the thoughtlessness about where t put outside shoes.
Wait a minute! His freezer was empty, his cupboards up top and along the wall were empty but one bottom one. Does he really live there?! That and the Zach themed Dinner For Schmucks make me side eye this guy. Idk
Meeta Vyas
Terrie Hobson
Love it
Cool 6 shitty couch things turn into one shitty bed
Ken Bob
patch adams
what did he say about the "masturbate room"?
Lisa Cortes
I need the storage bins. I love the idea of putting six of them together to make a bed. I think that's perfect for a dorm room or a small bedroom.
Sunena Afza
Graham has done a great job making the best of his living space!!
i'm in love with that table
Not all the things in these tiny apartments work for me but what's interesting is seeing the bits and pieces ,that should I ever be fortunate enough to have my own space, I will totally steal like those storage sofa boxes.
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Old silo now spaceship-esque tiny home Graham Hill's NYC tiny flat 2 days ago   27:11

After two years of living in a camper with his young daughter, architect Jan Körbes wanted something better suited to their active lifestyle, so he decided to realize a longtime dream of turning a grain silo into a microhome. With the help of his team at REFUNC, specialists in creative recycling, they bought an old grain bin from a farmer and set to work making it habitable.

Working with a footprint of 4m2 (43 square feet), the group started by adding floors to the space. The final home is 3 stories and includes a climbing wall as sole means of reaching the top floor bedroom. The middle floor includes a kitchen, toilet and shower.

The crew built out the final space of 13m2 with a budget of about $27,000 and lots of recycled items (including floor, ceiling and paneling). The home, an experiment in mobile living (it’s already moved once) dubbed "Silo City", fills in REFUNC’s portfolio of recycled microarchitecture which includes a mobile shelters made from shrink-wrap, pallets, a retired ski gondola and shipping containers and wind turbine blades.

“This is an example of an object which is industrial which after a certain lifespan is not used any longer,” explains Körbes. “And this is when we come in. So we analyze objects which could become microarchitecture, for example this grain silo it’s actually a perfect size for a mini, mini, mini house.“

*Photo credits: Ishka Michocka, Christian van der Kooij, Jan Korbes

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