As the population of the world grows, cities become more and more crowded. It is getting harder to house everyone, therefore living spaces become smaller and smaller, forcing us to come up with innovative ways to fit everything we need in the space we have. The 5:1 Apartment in New York is a small apartment that shows how ingenuity and creativity can make the most of a small space. The apartment uses a sliding wall to separate the daytime and nighttime functionality.
The 5:1 Apartment uses a sliding wall in order to fit both living and sleeping furniture in a 390 sq ft (36 sq m) space. The interior of the apartment was designed by micro-living architects MKCA. The living space itself can be found in a 1920s co-op building in Manhattan. It has been thoroughly remodeled and the limited space has been made to feel as big as possible through the use of a minimalist layout. The white walls and white units also give the impression of space. The bright LED lights inside the apartment help with the feeling of spaciousness and decrease energy costs.
The annexed section of the apartment serves as both living room and bedroom. During the day, the area features a sofa and a wall with an incorporated TV. Shelving, storage and a work-space can be found alongside the third wall. They can be hidden or revealed with the help of sliding doors. At nighttime, though, the wall with the TV slides over to the couch, bringing to light more storage and a bed that folds out of the wall.
The sliding wall unit is motorized. As such, you do not need to put any kind of effort into moving it. It also contains all the cables, audiovisual and networking of the apartment. What do you think of this ingenious use of a sliding wall?