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Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms

In 2005, third-grade-teacher Eric Schneider bought as big as an apartment as he could afford in Manhattan. He paid $235,000 for a 450-square-foot studio with a tiny kitchen.

Then he let architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Normal Projects design a way to pack more density into his small space.

In order to fit more apartment in a small footprint, they created an object that’s bigger than furniture, but smaller than architecture and that morphs with the changing activities of a day.

It’s a large, blue, oversized cabinet that houses all of the walls/bed/tables/shelving/closets needed for at least 4 full-sized rooms.

By continuing to unfold, or fold differently, Schneider can create a bedroom with accompanying built-in nightstand and closets, but an office plus library, a guest bedroom, and a living room. Or close it up entirely and simply flip down the small bar and the room becomes entertaining space for a dozen.

The Normal Projects architects called their creation the Unfolding Apartment, though given Schneider’s affinity for the Japanese sense of space (he spent his first year post-college living and teaching in Japan), it could as easily be called the Origami Apartment.

In total, Schneider spent $70,000 total remodeling his new apartment and this includes not just the cabinet, but the bathroom renovation, all cabinetry, kitchen appliances, furniture and dishes.

In this video, Chen shows us his custom cabinet of rooms and Schneider unfolds a few of his favorite configurations: his bedroom (& closet/changing room), office (& library), guest bedroom, kitchen, dining bar, living room and lounge.

This is really rad. Although, I would hate to lose my keys & wallet there. 

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    thats sick!
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  4. bearswithoutears reblogged this from brain-food and added:
    NICE! I’m still amazed at what these teeny apartments are going for in Manhattan
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  10. dopeytheayaka reblogged this from cowabunguh and added:
    Jennifer, you always have awesome videos…lol
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  13. showuslove reblogged this from the-questioner and added:
    This is absolutely incredible. Smart man!
  14. acsirp reblogged this from brain-food and added:
    I want this! :D
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  16. cowabunguh reblogged this from brain-food and added:
    These are so cool. 8D
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  20. climbthetree reblogged this from brain-food and added:
    One day I will be able to do something like this.
  21. designshack reblogged this from brain-food and added:
    The next time my boyfriend complains about how “small” our townhouse is, I’m showing him this video.
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    Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms In 2005, third-grade-teacher Eric Schneider bought as big as an...
  23. dgdelatorre reblogged this from brain-food and added:
    This is what I want!
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    I want

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