Graham Hill's NYC tiny flat Escheresque-modern house allows flow 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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Margaret Roberts
Most of the changes I'd be to lazy to do....but I freaking loooove that bathroom. I have always hated cleaning a tub or shower doors. I really hate shower curtains as well. I think this would be really easy to clean.
Price: $20,000,000
Ake Hilding
I'll guess this guy isn't the famous F1 driver:)
Stan Lee
to much moving stuff around .. id loose my mind
whats the total sq ft of the place?
that bathroom looks like the biggest pain in the ass.
Jenny Dysart
Love the attention to acoustics as well
Jiru Candy
Whoa! He's selling it for $750,000 dollars! It's awesome and everything but dang that's expensive...
Jiru Candy
This is truly amazing~ I would love to live in an apartment like this *.* I wonder what the rent would be...
PJ Sunshine
Hi - I love all these urban "efficient" space makeover videos, specifically what Graham Hall has been doing. Do you know of any architects, general contractors or carpenters in Chicago that are experienced and can produce this level of work? Thank you.
Sherilyn L
i have my grandparents' 100 year old table and it's leaves are hidden inside of it just like this table. :) (but mine is carved walnut. "old timey" ;)
4:21 " suck up the sound." *show his ass. lol.
susana vera
Cada día que pasa los seres humanos somos mas individualista y asi terminaremos viviendo solos aunque sea en un cascarón peeeero felices... Jejejeje
C Witham
It is simply a commercial grade collapsible ironing board that has been modified to have a lower overall preset height-select adjustment, and then attached to whatever table surface you'd like. If any of y'all find a source plz be sure2share here.
this is actually not a bad place
Yo What up
The future of apartments
Kory gama
Len Cordero
Where can I get that table? My children are out on their own and I'm downsizing to a 700 ft apartment. That is perfect for my Sunday dinners with my family and friends.
Yukie From Oz
Not much space in bathroom to put your towel and clothes. Would probably get a bit wet as well.
Too small. It’s ok for only a young single person or a student. Not good for families or even a couple that has children and grandchildren. I couldn’t live in such a tiny space.
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Escheresque-modern house allows flow Graham Hill's NYC tiny flat 2 days ago   15:14

When Helle Schröder and Martin Janekovic (XTH-Berlin) signed a 199-year lease on some land along the old Berlin Wall, they had a permit to build a row house, but despite the two shared walls, they wanted something that felt airy and light-filled.

Solid glass and steel girders helped them avoid solid walls on the front and back of the home while inside they relied on drawbridges, slides and netting to keep floors and ceilings to a minimum.

The bedrooms are housed within two concrete elements, but even here one entire wall is a drawbridge that opens easily with hydraulics to allow light and air to flow smoothly. The top floor is a kitchen dining area lit from a huge skylight. A heat pump (pipes going 80 meters into the ground) heats the home and collected rainwater flushes the toilets.