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24 Rooms in 344sq Feet

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the color-me-impressed dept.

Hardware Hacking 178

This is a little unusual for a Slashdot story, but you've got to respect the hacker ethos that makes something like this possible. Gary Chang modified his 344 sq foot apartment with a system of sliding panels to transform it into 24 room combinations. I'm not so excited about the tinted windows, but the functionality is sweet.

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Old "news" (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083594)

This went arround the net over a year again, also I think it was posted here. ./ should die

Re:Old "news" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083972)

Irregards of the flamebait, parent is right, I even remember seeing this in a documentary around a year ago as well. Random and old interesting things are not news.

Re:Old "news" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084554)

Regardless of the flamebait, parent is right, I even remember seeing this in a documentary around a year ago as well. Random and old interesting things are not news.

FTFY. "Irregards" is not a word (and neither is "irregardless")

Re:Old "news" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083974)

[sic]./ should die

Says the fucking person who posted on here.

Re:Old "news" (2, Funny)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084976)

This went arround the net over a year again, also I think it was posted here. ./ should die

If you'd just stop coming here and inflating the page-views, you'll get your wish.... slashdot will die.

Oh wait, looks like you wrote dotslash. Looks like http://dotslash.org/ [dotslash.org] is already dead. You win!

TARDIS-like? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083630)

Is it just me, or does it seem bigger on the inside than on the outside?

Re:TARDIS-like? (4, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083700)

In the architectural world that is called "time lord technology" and we typically don't like to talk about it.

Re:TARDIS-like? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083716)

Cool! Also, searching through 24 sliding panel rooms for the remote/keys/random trinket sounds like a nightmare.

Re:TARDIS-like? (1)

Barryke (772876) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084348)

As seen in the 5th Element, you can lose an entire General Munro inside the refrigerator-douchecabine.

Re:TARDIS-like? (1)

danlock4 (1026420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084756)

Cool! Also, searching through 24 sliding panel rooms for the remote/keys/random trinket sounds like a nightmare.

Set up a perimeter: Anyone trying to take the remote from the TV cubicle gets shocked. Yeah, I can imagine that causing nightmares also!

Not "his." His parents (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083666)

Call me when he redesigns his parents basement.

This is something that would impress me.

Re:Not "his." His parents (2)

Whalou (721698) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084090)

From TFA:

Chang has been living in this apartment since he was 14 years old. After his parents move out, he tried a series of modifications

His, not his parent's anymore.

No basement (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083702)

Not suitable for Slashdotters.

Re:No basement (2)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084732)

Not true, he just didn't slide out the panel that's full of SW memorabilia, Cat5 cable and cheetos wrappers. Seriously, though, I would not want to start running a bath while I watch some TV and then have to figure out where I left it...

It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083706)

I was take really good care of my media and storing it all really nicely on shelves in the boxes they came in like a good little OCD meticulous collector.

Fuck that.

A couple of months ago I got a bunch of Case Logic Zipper cases, not only can I put a whole bunch more DVD's and CD's into the same physical area when it comes time to move they can all fit into a single box that I would have held about 1/10th of the collection before hand. This guy needs to go that route to squeeze even more functionality out of what he has.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (2)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083780)

Exactly. He could replace that entire bookshelf unit with a kindle and add another 3 rooms.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083826)

Just got my Kindle last week, so far I'm liking it, and yes, one whole bookshelf devoted to the Dark Tower Series is part of the reason I did it. I'm keeping those books for the awesome artwork BTW, not just the novels but the Marvel Comics, those are something Kindle can't replace. For the rest of it? To the electronic gizmo!

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084182)

I've got one as well and am pleased with it. However... I rather wish that we'd a) start seeing prices that reflect lower production costs and b) start seeing a standard, so that each device seller is not trying to lock you in.

Alas, I suspect neither one is coming soon.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084744)

I've got one as well and am pleased with it. However... I rather wish that we'd a) start seeing prices that reflect lower production costs and b) start seeing a standard, so that each device seller is not trying to lock you in.
Alas, I suspect neither one is coming soon.

Last I checked, the eBook readers will all handle ePub format. So it looks like (b) is covered, at least.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084790)

All, except the one that happens to be the most sold. You need a converted to get the Kindle to read them.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084380)

Kindle renders pictures really nicely though, though obviously not in colour yet. I love the John James Audubon screen-lock pic (the birds/branches), would like to change things so that it only ever uses that as the screensaver (well, maybe that and the kindle tree/kid reading silhouette, that's also a beautiful image).

Kindle app on a colour tablet is really nice to use. It's actually decent on my phone too. I prefer a backlit screen when indoors, but the Kindle has already been great for taking on long journeys due to the excellent energy efficiency, and it will be really nice for just relaxing outside in summer with the e-ink screen :)

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084490)

I got the new "With special offers" version. When I lock my screen it tries to get me to buy Oil of Olay.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084656)

Hmm that's a shame, here's a link to part of the image [andrys.com] . Unfortunately haven't been able to find the original image in high resolution, I'd really like to use it as the desktop background on my Xoom.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (2)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084736)

That does look nice, I am impressed with the 16 shades of gray and what they can do with them.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (0)

x*yy*x (2058140) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084060)

A bookshelf like that makes the room look nice. It's not always about functionality. It's a status symbol.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084700)

I understand where you're coming from. I have basic blue prints for multiple houses in my head, in case I ever land on my ass into a pile of money, and more than one of the designs includes a library. Since I'm currently an apartment dweller that moves occasionally and lost everything I own twice during a five year period due to a targeted robbery and a hurricane I'm seeing the value of virtual goods and less absorbent storage media. My pre-hurricane optical stuff if still good with the exception of burned disk that flaked off their backings and one lone commercial music disk that did the same. Most of that got put in cases ahead of the stuff that came after.

I literally scooped up my book collection with a shovel to get rid of it a few years back, including autographed copies and school year books. Turns out it's not worth the time and effort to recover from 4 1/2 feet of salt water where mass produced paper media is concerned.

When I reach that status I'll fill the library, until then I'm staying mobile.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

Compaqt (1758360) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084740)

What do you do about dust? (Serious question)

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083824)

I like the look it gives though. I think it adds to the style of the room.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (3, Interesting)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083970)

I used to think so. I'm an incredibly hard core geek. A couple of years ago I took the Leatherman off my belt and put it in my pocket, I took the mobile phone out of the belt case and put it in the leg pocket of my carpenter pants (and moved to carpenters exclusively). Now I'm looking around my apartment. I'm getting rid of most of the media, except for a few things like the LOTR boxes that look like books and a couple of things like it. I'm leaving the framed picture of Einstein sticking out his tongue, the framed "Homer Simpson Scream" picture, I'm leaving my B9 Robot, my Slinky and my Cylon on the shelf, but I'm hiding most of my media. I was going to hide my computers, I was going to take an old console stereo and set it up so that there were new modern speakers where the original speaker went, I was going to have the LCD come out from where the turn table used to be and I was going to have the drives accessible where the TV doors used to be but I realised I didn't actually have the time to undertake the project, though I would still love to do it.

I guess as I reach my mid 30's I'm learning to dial it back a couple of notches.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084324)

Dear pecosdave:

I guess that even though you're reaching your mid-30's, you still have not learned how to mature past age 14. However, you have started to learn that it is neither exciting, nor cool, nor unique, to decorate your room with your toys and silly posters. Good for you but it's not enough.

Furthermore, you can't seem to pass up any opportunity to brag about your geekiness on Slashdot. What is the reaction you desire? Do you want everyone to go, "Wow, pecosdave, you are so totally hard core geek. Can I be you for just one week? How about just one day?"

Seriously, how about you shut the fuck up, and grow the fuck up.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084516)

Ahh, AC, how brave you must feel telling others to STFU anonymously.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084794)

IT'S BECAUSE I LIKE THE COCK!

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083900)

Yup.. all the info found in the DVD case/CD case can be found online now... if you had any interest in it to begin with.

I now even keep those DVD binders in the closet... having ripped them all to my internal file server. I'd like to say I made good use of the entire wall of space this cleared up... but nope... just put more junk there :(

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084016)

Something from Neca or ThinkGeek beats a bunch of media spines any day.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084144)

Assuming you are talking about those automated carousel type systems .. they are cool (friend of mine uses one for his audio CDs .. which he still actually uses for some reason) but don't seem to have a good CD/DVD to dollar ratio. My DVD collection is well over 500 ... and many of those are TV series with 4 to 6 discs. Thinkgeek sells one for around $100 that stores 150 discs. That becomes a very expensive proposition, especially if you are only keeping them as backups.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084278)

I'm talking about a big zipper case I can hide in a closet and forget about. I've ripped all my DVD's to a NAS drive which I view on my BluRay player over UPNP and DLNA, I even use my Android phone to select media from the drive and display on the player, I can also use the phone as a standard remote.

I have a single box setup for things like TV series. Some TV series come in standard DVD cases, in which case they get put in a zipper case, but some of them are actually quite compact they way they come to me so they get put in the one remaining media box.

I still buy audio CD's also BTW. I figure I'm better off paying $3 for an entire used album at a resale shop instead of paying by the song and having a backup that last indefinately instead of relying on a DRM server not to break.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084350)

I'm talking about a big zipper case I can hide in a closet and forget about

Augh, yeah, missunderstood your post.. this is exactly what I was refering to as well!

I still buy audio CD's also BTW. I figure I'm better off paying $3 for an entire used album at a resale shop instead of paying by the song and having a backup that last indefinately instead of relying on a DRM server not to break.

I still buy CDs and DVDs for this reason... but as you said, they just serve as a backup.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084820)

I've ripped all my DVD's to a NAS drive which I view on my BluRay player over UPNP and DLNA

This is offtopic, but what (linux friendly) software did you use to rip all of your DVD's? I've got about 150 DVD's that I'd like to do the same to. I'm looking for something quick and easy - put the DVD in the drive, hit "go", and walk away.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084924)

I use Handbrake, works great. Occasionally I do hit a disk, about 1 in 100 that are nearly impossible to rip with the GUI. Gods and Generals was one of them and I had a couple of more. When the GUI doesn't work the command line interface still rips them fine, I've had to command line about 5 of them out of ~ 400.

Advice - use the AC3 pass through on sound if you're going to play back on a PC or a player that can play it, the surround sound conversion caused a few oddities that I like to avoid. If you want to put the movies on an iProduct or even an Android device the pass through doesn't work, but if you scale it down and convert to stereo before putting it on one of those devices the problem is solved and the file is much smaller. You can do that with the files you've already converted without pulling out the original disk.

Re:It's time to go to Case Logic. (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084484)

It's a little more additional effort, but for the ultimate in space saving, just rip it all. I've already done so with my CDs, but I can't face the DVD/blu-ray collection yet!

I've switched to Spotify for music now anyway, so even my ripped music collection has become slightly irrelevant! Hopefully soon Amazon or LoveFilm will start offering an HD streaming subscription service and then I won't have to worry about ripping my movies/TV shows either.

Loving my Kindle for books too, though annoyingly there have been a few books I've seen that sound like good reads, but the start of the series isn't available as an eBook yet. Kind of spoils the point if I have to go back to a paper book for the first book - means that I don't have the entire series stored away on the Kindle for re-reading in a few years.

The best part (2)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083728)

The best part is that he turned it into a time machine and had the story posted over and over again on slashdot.
Cool apartment mod, but this was all over the place years ago.

Minestone (2)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083736)

You'd have to be obsessive compulsive to live in one of these places.

Leave you car keys anywhere but the designated spot.. whole system probably jams. Ok, maybe not that bad, but I suspect you'd have to be very tidy to keep this functional.

Still, pretty damn impressive!

Small home keep tidy (5, Insightful)

leuk_he (194174) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084290)

Any small living area has to be kept tidy, since there simply is no room to make a mess. Sling walls make no real difference in this.

But the sliding walls make this a single task apartment. You simply cannot one person stay in bet while the other starts watching tv. Since the kitchen and the bed share some space a luxery breakfast also is not very practical.

Single user, not really a problem for most slashdotters.

Re:Minestone (5, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084342)

You'd have to be obsessive compulsive to live in one of these places.

Leave you car keys anywhere but the designated spot.. whole system probably jams. Ok, maybe not that bad, but I suspect you'd have to be very tidy to keep this functional.

That's probably true of anybody occupying 344 square feet -- people who live in lofts and other tiny spaces come up with some pretty amazing ways of actually utilizing the space.

People who are completely disorganized would probably never be able to occupy a space like this. Me, for instance. I can't fathom living in that small of a space, let along being that organized with it.

However, if you do it right, you can make a small space seem far more usable/big than it would appear. I'm betting for an architect in Hong Kong, there's likely a lot of demand from others in very small spaces -- I suspect square footage is at a premium. So, if he's got a working space he lives in, it's probably a good reference to say "oh, sure, I can help with that problem".

Giant live in cupboard (0)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084430)

You're impressed that a person can live in a giant live in cupboard? Really? I think after a very short time I'd be looking for a padded cell. Maybe he could incorporate that too.

Where is the space to store stuff? Or work bench or gadget room? They'd all be crushed.

Re:Giant live in cupboard (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084482)

The workmanship and just overall appearance is impressive. It not only actually functions, but looks a lot nicer than where I live.

From the practical standpoint though, I agree entirely. I couldn't live in a place like that. In addition to having random piles of stuff everywhere, about once a year I move stuff around. It's not a schedule or anything... I just feel the need to try "something different" ... so I move my desk across the room... replace some shelving with some different shelving... etc. This apartment is not only very static, but practically defines how you spend the time in it.

Re:Giant live in cupboard (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084808)

You're impressed that a person can live in a giant live in cupboard? Really? I think after a very short time I'd be looking for a padded cell. Maybe he could incorporate that too.

Where is the space to store stuff? Or work bench or gadget room? They'd all be crushed.

Cultural issue, really. Some people aren't so materialistic and can get by quite happily without a lot of stuff. One computer (laptop), a TV is all they need to be happy. If they want to read books, they visit their library. If they want to work on things they gather at friend's places. Of course, they probably work on small art pieces to fit in places like this, and do things outside the house.

Of course, I would go nuts in a place that small - but that's just me. Other people I Know use their houses just to eat and sleep - they go out and do other things.

Re:Minestone (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084620)

It's like stuffing your suitcase really, really full. Very neat, but takes a long time and if you ever have to repack or add one more thing it's hell. Better to have a bit bigger suitcase and some leeway.

Personally I have 500 sqf to myself and is moving into something bigger, not smaller. About 750 I think would be ideal for me. And I would take 1000+ and a pool room in the cellar too, except it costs more than it tastes.

Re:Minestone (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084892)

Better to have a bit bigger suitcase and some leeway.

Yup. If I can't russle around in there for something and still close the case afterwards, I either pack less stuff or get a bigger case.

Guaranteed job (2)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083758)

He would find a job at Aperture Science any day.

Re:Guaranteed job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084938)

"Score: 3"?! WTF? Somebody mod this guy up & get him some lemons!

Not that unusual (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083792)

Uploaded by JellyWoo1014 on Apr 22, 2010

Nah, that's about par for Slashdot stories.

24 combinations, not 24 rooms (3, Informative)

SpammersAreScum (697628) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083810)

Headline is wrong, but to be fair TFA's is as well. It's not 24 rooms, it's 24 room combinations (each consisting of between 4 and 6 rooms as far as I can tell from the diagrams).

This was an AWESOME video... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083832)

...when it was on Fark a month ago.

subtitles? (1, Insightful)

heptapod (243146) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083848)

The guy speaks better English than most Americans. What's wrong with these people?

Re:subtitles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36083958)

The guy speaks better English than most Americans. What's wrong with these people?

It's because he looks like a furner.

Re:subtitles? (2)

Nahor (41537) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084146)

Reminds me of this old "interview [youtube.com] "

Re:subtitles? (2)

lxs (131946) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084148)

Until 1999 Hong Kong was British territory. Give it 200 years and they will all talk like rednecks.

Hire him for long duration spacecraft design! (2)

wisebabo (638845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083858)

It seems that his skills could be very useful in designing multi-purpose rooms in the (extremely) cramped spaces of spacecraft used for long duration voyages.

He might welcome the challenge since presumably he could design with the additional freedom of the third dimension. That assumes the spacecraft is in zero or very low gee environments most of the time like under ion thrust or having "landed" on a small asteroid.

I wonder if he does set design? These skills might be very good for quickly changing sets especially in venues where they do not have a lot of backstage space.

Re:Hire him for long duration spacecraft design! (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084248)

> his skills could be very useful in designing multi-purpose
> rooms in the (extremely) cramped spaces of spacecraft
Great point. Or submarines.

Wouldn't it be great if you could fold up, say, the sleeping quarters when not in use, and turn the recovered space into a temporary game room or gym?

Re:Hire him for long duration spacecraft design! (3, Informative)

IAmGarethAdams (990037) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084670)

The sleeping quarters on submarines are often *always* in use, one shift replacing another regularly.

Come on /. (2)

TimeElf1 (781120) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083896)

I saw this on This New House on the DYI network about six months ago this is really old news. Really neat news but really old news.

Re:Come on /. (2)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084270)

I saw this on This New House on the DYI network about six months ago this is really old news. Really neat news but really old news.

I didn't and had never seen it before, so I'm happy /. posted it. It's not material that ages quickly or is no longer relevant.

25 more quare feet dumping the shelves (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083906)

iPods and ebooks would allow you dump bulky CDs and books.

Re:25 more quare feet dumping the shelves (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084426)

iPods and ebooks would allow you dump bulky CDs and books.

I'm not sure that short of buying them again, that I could replace my entire bookshelves with digital versions.

Even if I could buy them in digital format (and I'm betting more than half I couldn't), the cost would likely be prohibitive to replace all of the books that I've accumulated through a lifetime that I refuse to live without. They'd want to charge me full retail for them damned things again.

I've got some old editions of books (nothing rare or expensive), and some which I'm pretty sure are out of print. I've also got literally dozens of cookbooks which I wouldn't be able to replace.

There's just no practical way I can get digital versions of all of these. My text books from university, for instance, are not something I can easily replace for a digital version.

Has a patent/copyright on the execution/concept? (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083916)

I hope he does because one could patent anything these days. As Gosling noted, they obtained a patent that essentially said, "if you make something simpler, it'll go faster". This was in relation to computer software.

I hope this fellow has applied for a patent.

Re:Has a patent/copyright on the execution/concept (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084234)

It's common enough in architecture to have useable sliding walls, an attempt at a patent for the concept should be met with a swift firm no based on the ample prior art.

No I am not an architect ..... but my wife is.

The perfect solution for a dense population... (2)

JCZwart (1585673) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083962)

...in an expensive city. While the building looks awful from the outside, what's inside is beautiful IMHO, and would certainly be a 'solution' for people looking for a way to utilize their small expensive living space to the fullest. At least, I don't know of any large city that isn't expensive in terms of house prices.

One would wonder about humidity etc. though. The bed being stored away like that would be a recipe for - okay, you can fill that in yourself. And what about leaking etc. - if you'd even find out about that in time that is...

While this may be a dupe (2)

Xacid (560407) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083988)

according to the above comments - I'm glad it got reposted cause I must have missed it.

I, for one, think this design is friggin awesome. I'd like to see how he routed his power needs on some of those panels.

However - to hell with being in what appears to be a shitty building otherwise. Though I'm unfamiliar with Hong Kong so maybe this is the good part of town.

Hong Kong residential buildings (1)

dtmos (447842) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084514)

to hell with being in what appears to be a shitty building otherwise. Though I'm unfamiliar with Hong Kong so maybe this is the good part of town.

Hong Kong residential apartment buildings are often very old, and not in the best of condition [google.com] . Land is very expensive, and most new construction is devoted to commercial buildings.

Re:While this may be a dupe (1)

Born2bwire (977760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084846)

That's typical Hong Kong. What you see on the exterior is not what you will get on the interior. A lot of the buildings are easily 40 years old but they are built of concrete and tiled exteriors. So there isn't much wear on the buildings and people will renovate the interiors to a rather impressive degree as you see in this video. There are a lot of new housing developments of course but you have to be very wealthy to afford them. If you want to see some of the actual seedy ways of living in Hong Kong, take a look at the wire cage living spaces or the Kowloon Walled City (which is gone now but there just isn't anything like it).

The Fifth Element: Corbin's Apartment (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#36083996)

This reminds me of Corbin Dallas' woefully small, but configurable living space in the movie. One of the underappreciated sci-fi movie sets.

Re:The Fifth Element: Corbin's Apartment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084386)

Agreed, I loved, and still do love, the idea of that apartment.

Most stuff in rooms waste HUGE amounts of space on empty space above it for no real reason. Or some that only need temporary height space (beds).
Your average house has about 4~ foot unused space in most rooms, and that is including space to move around, get out of beds, getting in to baths, etc.
So many rooms waste tons of space on huge wardrobes that could easily be stuffed in to a corner using smartly designs hangers, vertical drop-down drawers that go on the ceilings and other stuff like that.

The family has a holiday flat a couple towns over, lovely little town.
The flat has 3 rooms, an L shaped corridor that connects them all to the front door and a walk-in wardrobe.
No dedicated bedroom at that. That place could easily be changed around to have about 5 beds in one corner of the kitchen room where it aligns with the wardrobe. (floor to ceiling (+space to get out))
Or a bedroom above the kitchen, half the width of the room above all the work units and stuff that don't need the height.
And this still leaves plenty of space for an open kitchen / diner room.
One day, one day... it just needs to be done, would make the place much nicer.

One makes me wonder why hotels designed like this, or even the little pods, aren't more common.
Some people don't like huge spaces.
Some people just want a bed to sleep in, somewhere to clean and go to the loo, they don't want these huge expensive apartments with 50 inch TVs or whatever.
Capsule hotels are a good idea, just the current implementations are a little... awful to be honest. (unsanitary mostly)
Pod hotels are a little better and more suited to your average person who wants a little walking space.
Some people rent these things out on a monthly basis.
For a person who spends most of their days outside of the home, it is very useful for those who don't care much for material possessions or large homes, or those on poorer incomes.

Re:The Fifth Element: Corbin's Apartment (1)

asphaltcowboy (2008136) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084968)

My First thought also. I expected to see some guy on a scaffold outside his window delivering takeout.

How big? (1)

M8e (1008767) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084008)

Can we get that in some sane unit like library of congress(es) or football fields?

Similar furniture you can buy (2)

ThoughtMonster (1602047) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084010)

Website is here [resourcefurniture.com] .

A preview video is here [youtube.com] .

I have no idea how expensive this stuff is.

My home is (3, Funny)

WizardMarnok (2032762) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084020)

My home is comparable to the Transformers too - basically the same as it was in the 80's with a few unpopular changes and a more costly budget. Also Megan Fox is no longer welcome.

One thing missing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084084)

Much of the video is him dragging stuff around. Motorize the walls and maybe I could deal with it.

Ok everyone... (2)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084102)

Please leave the room, I have to transform it into a shitter.

Who? (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084116)

Meet the new Doctor.

Yet another inaccurate article (2)

jklovanc (1603149) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084142)

The apartment does not transform into 24 rooms or even 24 different configurations. Since 1976 the apartment has had 24 different layouts; each one created by a renovation and not sliding walls. The last layout is the one in the article and uses sliding walls and a Murphy bed to maximize space use. Take a look at the layouts you can make out. The bathroom fixtures in the 1989 layout are completely different in the 1998 layout. Changing the shape of a bathtub by moving walls would be a really great trick. How does the furniture disappear? In the 1976 layout there are 3 conventional beds while the 2006 layout has none.

Re:Yet another inaccurate article (1)

Lluc (703772) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084180)

This makes much more sense now. I was wondering if there was a disclaimer attached along the lines of: sliding walls are stored in an apartment of equivalent size next door when not in use.

Re:Yet another inaccurate article (1)

grahammm (9083) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084478)

And in 1998, it looks as though the toilet is completely absent, only to return in 2006.

Re:Yet another inaccurate article (1)

jklovanc (1603149) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084832)

Actually I was partially incorrect. The current layout has four moving panels, two accordion sliding curtains, a fold down guest bed and a Murphy bed. I found a more informative video and Chang states that mathematically there are an infinite number of configuration (depending in exactly where the panels are) but around 20 usable configurations. This is probably true. The schematics of the previous designs are not explained and just confused me. I sure with the last picture of all 24 "rooms" was not so de-rezed that one can not read the captions for each configuration.

OK, so now I am formally disappointed (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084246)

Why? Because my bedroom and sitting are bigger than his apartment. It really makes it obvious how much space (well that and other things) we waste here. I can see how some "areas" of the house would be restricted to outside walls, that being anything with plumbing. With that little floor space I figure heating and cooling if provided at the building level would be at opposite ends of the area centered restricting those sides. It then becomes a game of what can you pack in each shelf width and the hard part is, ordering them.

The lesson that most will miss is, regardless how some here will claim they don't have this, that, or something else, they sure got most of the world beat and they need to stop crying

Where is the can? Ikea? (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084298)

They didn't show what he did with the bathroom? Did he fit in a fold up tub, or has to make due with just a shower?
His apartment reminds me of some of the displays in the Ikea showroom.

Re:Where is the can? Ikea? (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084460)

Isn't that thing in 1:18 a small tub?

Rip the CDs and DVDs (1)

pz (113803) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084300)

He could gain a large amount of storage volume (and make one wall easier to move) if he ripped all of this CDs and DVDs. Since storage in such a small apartment is going to be at a substantial premium, I'm a little surprised that he didn't do that yet.

Old Old Story. (1)

GodsFlaw (757868) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084304)

I first saw this about a year ago...

A difficult trend to grasp. (1)

HellYeahAutomaton (815542) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084338)

There are a growing number of people now going off-grid, reusing shipping containers as apartments and homes, and making mini homes that by all definitions are really either closets, sheds, pods, or coffins. There are a number of prisons and former insane asylums that have been converted into hotels and apartments -- so repurposing of existing structures isn't going to waste.

The reasons are varied (cost, green/pro-environment), but at the end of the day how can you convince the average person that it is a worthwhile endeavor to glorify prison-like living, living in a sardine can, etc?

Re:A difficult trend to grasp. (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084628)

His house isn't that small, you're just spoiled. In many countries people are used to that space. My house is only about 50% bigger than his and we're three adults and a 13 year old living here.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46216000/gif/_46216562_houses_466_4.gif [bbc.co.uk]

Re:A difficult trend to grasp. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084978)

OK, so your persuasive answer to the question is : You're spoiled, and people are used to it.

Wow. Just wow. Glad you know how to win friends and influence people.
Asshole.

future employment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084470)

as a boat/caravan/RV interior designer? I was more impressed than I thought - some neat ideas but what do you do when you want to move?

Nice but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36084536)

...I'll take my house with its 12 rooms that I don't need to create by dragging panels everywhere. Also no neighbors on the other side of the wall. Advantage: me.

Human popsicle (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084644)

Police: Are you classified as human?
Korben Dallas: Negative, I am a meat popsicle.
--

Seriously though, you do what you have to do. In Hong Kong you have to live in tight space unless you are a billionaire basically, other places you can have miles and miles of open space to yourself.

It's not about 'eco' anything for this guy, it's about space efficiency because he has no choice.

By the way, in HK he can become rich selling his solutions.

More then I have (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084778)

I have less then 32MÂ (In real numbers). I have a bathtub, not a shower. I have a kitchen part, big desk with 3 24" screens and a queen sized bed.

I have no need of moving walls around and I could do even with less space. Most important space to use is under the bed. LOTS of space there.

Sure, I can't invite people over (well, not more then 1 at a time) but then there are plenty of places to go to.

Re:More then I have (1)

Born2bwire (977760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084918)

You're lucky. I don't even have a bath or a shower. My bathroom is the shower. I have a shower head and drain next to the toilet.

Re:More then I have (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084952)

My friend installed a shower stall in his old man's home made RV (1959 Dodge Stepvan with a '55 DeSoto V8). You had to sit ON the toilet to shower though.

Cool Build... (1)

Jawnn (445279) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084890)

...but you still live in a box, dude. That's no way to live.

Ah yes, Hong Kong real estate. (1)

Born2bwire (977760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36084902)

Ugggg... this just drives home the latest statistic that I heard. The housing prices here in Hong Kong have increased 70% in the last two years. Unfortunately these kinds of modifications and specialized furniture usually cost an arm and a leg. Well, the most economical space saving design I've done is to import a Kindle. Lord knows I can't afford the give up anymore space to books.

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