Michelle and Andy had big plans for their flat in the Central district of Hong Kong. Michelle wanted a full kitchen and a bathtub; Andy wanted a home cinema and a gym. The problem? The space was 309 square feet, total. Which meant that they would need to get creative, or they would need to sacrifice some of those dream features.
Rather than start compromising on their goals, the couple teamed up with the architecture firm LAAB, who actually managed to make their small-space dreams come true, through consideration of what they call the 4th dimension—time.
“We began considering time as a factor, eventually designing the space around a ‘Form Follows Time’ philosophy, which means that spaces open and close depending on the purposes needed at that particular time,” LAAB wrote of the project on their website. The best demonstration of this philosophy is Michelle’s full bathtub: it can also be used as seating for Andy’s cinema space or as a private guest bedroom.
It gets better: just watch the summary video, and you’ll see Andy and Michelle doing all sorts of unbelievable pulling, pushing, and transforming. LAAB even took into consideration the couple’s three cats, designing catwalks and ladders for them.
This blueprint of the space from above gives a good picture of the flat as a whole.