The transformer apartment is filled with incredibly detailed design and is in some respects a jigsaw puzzle. The density of moving parts and complexity caused by the need to transform meant that everything is built to 3mm tolerances and that small design changes could lead to a cascade of other changes around the apartment.

Living Space
All Open
All Open

Day to day, the transformer apartment is kept fully open to maximise the sense of spaciousness.

Bathroom Closed
Bathroom Closed

When the bathroom is in use, frosted panels slide over from two directions to create a private space.

Cat Climber
Cat Climber

Often when the bedroom is closed, the cats will use the ladder as a shortcut to the other side of the apartment.

All Open
All Open

Day to day, the transformer apartment is kept fully open to maximise the sense of spaciousness.

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Kitchen
Kitchen - All Closed
Kitchen - All Closed

The kitchen counter of the small home, smart home is 5m long, larger than kitchens in many much larger homes. This space means there is extensive counter top space as well as plenty of storage.

Drop Down Cabinets
Drop Down Cabinets

As the kitchen counter is right up against the largest windows in the transformer apartment, standard kitchen cupboards could not be used since they would block out too much light. Instead, motorized cabinets descend at the push of a button. The lower shelf of each cabinet is accessible without lowering the cabinets, hidden behind a flip up white panel.

Open Sink
Open Sink

In normal use, the sink pulls up to the height of a regular sink while the panel used to close it flips over to become a large chopping board.

Kitchen - All Closed
Kitchen - All Closed

The kitchen counter of the small home, smart home is 5m long, larger than kitchens in many much larger homes. This space means there is extensive counter top space as well as plenty of storage.

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Storage
Main Underfloor Storage
Main Underfloor Storage

Raising the floor provided space storage, accessible through two large mechanically lifted panels.

Additional Underfloor Storage
Additional Underfloor Storage

In addition to the main storage panels a dedicated shoe storage space, with dedicated lighting, separates the entryway from the home.

Bedroom Storage
Bedroom Storage

As there are windows on all three sides of the apartment, some compromises had to be made. The storage cupboard on the left was created by blocking a portion of the window. The one on the right is accessible by a sliding door and is placed over wall.

Main Underfloor Storage
Main Underfloor Storage

Raising the floor provided space storage, accessible through two large mechanically lifted panels.

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Cat Features
Cat Ladder Top
Cat Ladder Top

From the top of the cat ladder, the cats can jump onto the ceiling walkways that take them all the way around the apartment from the ladder to the bedroom.

Ceiling Walkway
Ceiling Walkway

The ceiling walkways are often used by multiple cats simultaneously. When guests are present, the shyer of the cats prefer to sit there and observe their surroundings while staying away from people.

Food Trays
Food Trays

Like litter boxes, feeding trays are usually an inescapable part of pet ownership. These integrated food trays however, can disappear when not in use.

Cat Ladder Top
Cat Ladder Top

From the top of the cat ladder, the cats can jump onto the ceiling walkways that take them all the way around the apartment from the ladder to the bedroom.

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Entertaining
Two-Tier Seating
Two-Tier Seating

The couch splits into two segments, allowing one half to cover the bath and create a 2nd tier of seating. This can be used for home cinema viewing, or even as short-term guest accommodation.

Home Cinema
Home Cinema

A 55" LG screen, larger than would otherwise be feasible in the space, is mounted to a moving panel that slides out of sight when not in use. Beneath it is a Philips soundbar with wireless surrounds for an easy transition into surround sound viewing.

Dining
Dining

Folding chairs pull out of storage easily for sit down dinners of up to six people.

Two-Tier Seating
Two-Tier Seating

The couch splits into two segments, allowing one half to cover the bath and create a 2nd tier of seating. This can be used for home cinema viewing, or even as short-term guest accommodation.

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Bathroom/Restroom
Restroom
Restroom

Space usage was kept to an absolute minimum with the restroom. Frosted panels on the right can be moved to open up access to the shower/bath, or to provide one half of the bathroom "door". Mirrored cabinets store bathroom supplies and under the generously sized sink is additional storage and the cat litter box.

Bathroom
Bathroom

The bathroom can be used independently of the restroom by closing off the panel to the left, or together with the restroom to create a comfortably sized L-shaped space. It is sealed off from the living area when in use by an automated curtain.

Spring Style Tap
Spring Style Tap

Since the bath tub area is multi-purpose, it was not possible to have a typical protruding tap. A relatively rare spring style tap was used instead.

Restroom
Restroom

Space usage was kept to an absolute minimum with the restroom. Frosted panels on the right can be moved to open up access to the shower/bath, or to provide one half of the bathroom "door". Mirrored cabinets store bathroom supplies and under the generously sized sink is additional storage and the cat litter box.

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