Where luxury's the name of the game

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Where luxury's the name of the game

Indian homes are a fine example of what can be achieved with very little space. However, even in Mumbai where maximising the potential of space is an everyday experience for most home owners and residents, one cannot find something akin to what Gary Chang has achieved in Hong Kong.  He has taken maximising space utilisation to new heights.

Chang, an architect who heads Edge Design Institute in Hong Kong has renovated his tiny apartment in a manner which has made headlines. It is acknowledged that Hong Kong has the distinction of being one of the busiest port cities in the world.

Thus it is no surprise that its most precious commodity is space.  Gary Chang has used his expertise to transform his 344 square feet (32 square metres) apartment into a space which can be configured into 24 unique room combinations! He has achieved this transformation, which is also eco-friendly, by using a series of futuristic panels and walls.

“I don’t move, the house moves for me,” Gary explains.

If you stand in the middle of Gary’s apartment you could probably see a message flashing on his Nintendo Wii on the wall screen.  

If you are tempted, you can play one of the games. Once the game is over, you can use a remote control to raise the screen, and a large yellow tinted window pops up making you feel radiant.

The room seems to fill up with sunshine. “My home is always sunny; even in gloomy weather,” Gary proclaims.

If the gourmet chefs among you are wondering whether this little apartment even has a kitchen, don’t worry.  

All you need to do is pull a handle near the wall-mounted TV, and a section of the wall approaches the centre of the room.

Behind the wall is a small countertop with two burners, a spice rack and a sink.  Across from the countertop is a hinged worktop made of a lightweight aluminium laminate. 

Voila` your kitchen!

Each of the 24 rooms in this transformed domestic apartment is equally plush, functional, and futuristic.  Chang achieves the transformations through tracks on the ceilings and wheels on the floors.  Mirrors placed strategically make the tracks and wheels less conspicuous.

The mirrors provide a further eco-advantage to what is achieved by its small size, by reflecting light from its metal and glass surfaces and thus increases the light value.

The colour scheme of the apartment is mostly black and silver washed in a yellow light. This with the futuristic features built in gives it a science-fiction quality. Science-fiction or not, having a 344 square feet home with 24 rooms could probably be everyone’s dream come true.

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