2 People, 3 Cats, 309 Square Feet: A Magical Transforming Hong Kong Apartment

2 People, 3 Cats, 309 Square Feet: A Magical Transforming Hong Kong Apartment

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 13, 2016

In Hong Kong, one of the most densely packed cities in the world, a young couple presented their architects with a seemingly impossible challenge: designing an apartment that would include a large kitchen, a home theater, a bathroom with a tub, and sleeping spaces for the couple and their overnight guests. The space also had to acommodate the couple's three cats — and all this in 309 square feet.

(Image credit: LAAB)
(Image credit: LAAB)

The solution from the architects at LAAB is a miracle of multitasking: the bathtub turns into a sofa, a vanity folds out from a bookcase, and the sink disappears to turn the kitchen into a workspace. It's also one of the most high-tech tiny apartments I've ever seen: the apartment includes pneumatic underfloor storage, kitchen cabinets that recess into the ceiling at the push of a button, and a sliding wall with a television that turns the kitchen into a home theater. More than just working in three dimensions, the architects really gave thought to the fourth dimension: time. Almost every space in the apartment can be used for different purposes at different times of day.

(Image credit: LAAB)
(Image credit: LAAB)
(Image credit: LAAB)

But all this attention to human comfort doesn't mean they forgot about the cats! There's a built-in litter box, of course, and a drawer that slides out to reveal the cats' food bowls. And at the top of the apartment there's a 'cat walk', a shelf above the tallest cabinets where the three felines can run back and forth and survey their domain.

(Image credit: LAAB)
(Image credit: LAAB)
(Image credit: LAAB)

Michelle and Andy even find space to entertain, whether it's having people over to play games, watch movies, or even a dinner party. They love their new space, their friends love it, and most importantly — the cats love it.

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You can see more photos, and read more about the space, at LAAB.

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