Like many large cities, Hong Kong is a pricey place to live. Because of that, it’s no surprise residents looking for property in the expensive urban center of the 7 million-person city try to squeeze as much as they can into sometimes ridiculously small spaces.
When a couple found themselves in that exact situation, they hired Hong Kong-based architects LAAB to transform a tiny apartment into a space with a large kitchen, bathtub, home cinema, gym facilities, and cat-friendly features. The size: 309 square feet.
The magic is in what LAAB calls a “form follows time” philosophy, in which the apartment transforms based on the time of the day, and features are stowed away and brought out as required. Take the bathroom, for instance, which can be arranged with either a full bathtub, a bathing area with a separated sink area (so one person can bathe while another, say, brushes teeth), second tier seating for the home cinema, or a guest bedroom, according to LAAB.
In this micro-apartment, little doesn’t equate to low-tech. The space has a range of app-controlled smart home technologies such as mood lighting and a smart lock that allows residents and guests to come and go easily.
For the couple’s three cats, LAAB designed feline-friendly areas, including a cat walk around the ceiling, a litter box hidden beneath the bathroom sink, a cat ladder, cat food trays hidden in the kitchen cabinets, and a hidden den for cat naps.
Check out the astounding video and photos below (you’ll never again think your space is too small).
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