Living centrally in Hong Kong, infamously one of the world’s most expensive cities when it comes to buying property, means flats are small and often cramped.
But as Hong Kong-based LAAB Architects prove, even a flat stretching over just 309 square feet (28.7 square meters) can, with a bit of intelligent interior design, be a small palace leaving nothing to be desire (and make your friends jealous).
To make the wishes of their clients, couple Andy and Michelle, come true – they wanted a gym, bathtub and a large kitchen, to name just three – the architects thought beyond static spaces.
As a result, the home is still small, but smart.
The flat’s motto is form follows time, meaning everything is flexible – but, due to the small dimensions, 100% accuracy took top priority as the construction tolerance sat at just three millimeters.
Everything, from the large curved TV to storage, some of which is hydraulic and under the floorboards, fit exactly Spaces open at the time they’re needed and close once their time of usefulness has passed.
The bathtub alone has three extra purposes beside its traditional use.
Free standing, it’s a separate bathtub allowing one person to shower while someone else uses the bathroom – but it can also be covered to create a second tier of seating in front of the home cinema to host a large group of friends.
If a guest wants to stay over, the bathtub – still covered – can also be transformed into a short-stay bedroom, complete with a blind for privacy.
When designing and constructing, the architects also had to consider the wishes of three more residents: Banoffee, Dumpling and Tuxedo, the couple’s three cats.
Apart from the need for cat-safe spaces, this also saw the architects implement a number of fun elements to keep the felines happy: a catwalk around the ceiling, cat ladder and a hidden den to relax.
Watch the video below to get a full tour of the apartment and all its clever features: