Christian grew up on a lake and was accustomed to seeing so many of the fold-up elements of the furniture and sleeping spaces in them. He also drew his inspiration from Japanese architecture and interior design. For him, creating an apartment with features that fold in and out just made sense.
So, when he came across an old run-down apartment with a minimal amount of space (258 square feet to be exact), he decided that it was the perfect amount of space for him.
Then he got to transforming it with the help of an architect, Barbara Appolloni. The results will leave you absolutely stunned.
Located in Barcelona, the apartment doesn’t seem like it will offer much at first. It’s on the fifth floor with a narrow staircase and no elevator, so even getting to it can seem like a chore.
When Christian first bought the place, opening the door to the apartment didn’t offer much more hope. It was nothing but a grimy shell with an old bed and mattress.
It turned out that Christian had big plans for the small space.
The folding apartment
Now, when you first walk in, the place looks modern and clean but still very empty. The only visible things are a small glass shower cube and a two large walls of closed cabinet doors to your left and right. Those cabinets are where the magic is concealed.
Behind the doors
Behind those well-made cabinet doors is a lot of space. There is a closet, as to be expected. There are also quite a few drawers. But it doesn’t stop there. Christian has concealed a full fridge and freezer, a completely modern kitchen, a full-length mirror, a full bed, a table and chairs, and so much more. While the space may be small, he hasn’t skimped on any of the requirements for a comfortable life.
As for the bathroom, there is also a toilet, complete with a tucked-away shelf for magazines, hidden behind one of those wooden cabinet doors. Yes, this space really does contain everything necessary for living.
An ever-changing space
Depending on which cabinet he opens and what he pulls from it, he can completely transform the space in about one hundred different ways (if not more).
It can become somewhere to sleep for the night, a space for friends to cook and enjoy a meal together, a comfortable place in which to sit on the sofa and watch TV, and more.
And an outdoor escape
The bed appears to miraculously pull out from a space that is much too short to contain it. The secret is that it is actually stored beneath the balcony. That balcony can be reached by a short set of stairs, the same stairs that are present on both sides of the bed, and that conceal the mattress when it is stored away.
Go up those stairs and through the glass door, and you will discover that Christian has created an additional space for friends to share time together on the balcony and roof. In fact, when asked how many people he has managed to have over at the same time, his response was somewhere around forty people in the small space and the hallway.
To Christian, anything is possible. It’s all in how you design it.
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