New York City
380 Sq. Ft. Studio Apt.
Architect: Front Studio
With the average price of Manhattan apartments hovering around $1 million, studio apartments are not only an economical way to own but they're also prime for imaginative living with a big punch.
The architects, Yen Ha and Michi Yanagishita, partners in a Manhattan architectural firm called Front Studio, ingeniously applied a Rubik's Cube or oragami-like functionality to the work space, kitchen, sleep, and dining areas.
Kitchen wall swings out to extend the kitchen counter space and when closed, it seals off the kitchen into a clean box-like form.
Likewise, the work space wall swings open which entends the work space. When closed it also forms a clean box-like shape.
The architects were able to repurpose the former murphy bed niche into closets, as well as a concealed dining table. This area can double up as additional work / kitchen counter space.
The bed is cleaverly concealed beneath the living room platform; pulls out when needed, then push in to hide. There is also additional storage space beyond the foot of the bed.
Floor plan / mechanics of the modular system.