How do you pack four or five rooms into a 539-square-foot apartment? You do as a group of students from TU Delft in the Netherlands did and design a space with walls and furniture that move and change shape.

Called the “pop-up apartment,” the design concept packs 1,000 square feet of living space into a home half that size. Fast Company explains how it works:

Flexible walls slide along grooves in the floor, powered by a motor under the floorboards As the walls shift into position for a particular activity, they also change shape; lines built into each walls flex and turn into furniture, like a table and chairs. Each wall is made from polypropylene, which the designers realized was flexible enough to bend without wearing out, but also strong enough to support someone sitting or lying on it after it’s transformed into a chair or sofa.


And the coolest part is you can control it all via a mobile app. The designers liken the project to a Swiss Army Knife.

“A high variety of different spatial configurations is possible, creating only the spaces which are needed at a certain time. Bedrooms are not needed during the day, and can be transformed into a working space or large living room,” the project website explains.

We are reminded, of course, of two other tiny shape-shifting homes: the eight-room, 420-square-foot studio in New York and MIT Media Lab’s motion-controlled transforming apartment pod.

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