A Peek Inside Gary Chang's 330 Sq. Ft. 'Mansion', That Fits 24 Rooms!

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How do you cram 24 rooms into a 330 Sq. Ft. apartment? With a little imagination, a ton of ingenuity and of course, modern technology - At least that's what Hong Kong based architect Gary Chang has done, with his 'Domestic Transformer'.

Gary has been living in this tiny apartment since the age of 14, when he shared it with his parents, two sisters, and believe it or not, a tenant. Then in 1988, when the rest of the family moved out to share 'bigger' quarters with his grandparents and uncles, he bought it for $45,000 USD and began to do what he had been dreaming for years - Break down some walls.

However, his most radical renovation did not take place until 2009, when he spent a year and $218,000 USD to convert his apartment into a 'Domestic Transformer' - A house that morphs, according to his needs.

When everything is folded away, the house resembles an open-plan loft. Then come the surprises. Thanks to sliding wall units, which are suspended from steel tracks bolted into the ceiling, rooms are created in a matter of minutes.

When he wakes up in the morning, Gary simply hides his hydraulic bed behind the sofa. To make himself some breakfast, he moves a wall that conceals his bedroom and opens up into a kitchen, complete with modern appliances. Move another wall and behind it lies a formal dining room. When he has a guest sleeping over, he simply closes the lid of his bathtub and converts it into a bed. In fact, the 48-year old has even figured out how to fit in a hammock, something most conventional homes have no room for.

Mr. Chang, who is still constantly changing things around to fit more 'rooms' says that he hopes that more people will adapt his design, not only in Hong Kong, where space is tight, but also, all around the world, especially as the population grows and resources get stretched.

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  • jd319
    jd319over 8 years
    im not inpressed 24 ok i get the fact its in a aparment but cmon 24 thats not alot if u think it is u have never seen a real mansion before
    • nobody
      nobodyover 6 years
      ur house will probably have only like, 15. its actually a lot. in japan, the apartments are really small and expensive
    • powerfulethan
      powerfulethanover 9 years
      Small but very cool!
      • Meover 9 years
        Coooooooooool!
        • Jadenalmost 10 years
          so cool....i wish i could live there
          • ginny4ever
            ginny4everover 10 years
            I wouldnt want2 live in an orange house but if the windows weren't tinted I would really want 2 live there!!!!!!!!!
            • meep2345over 10 years
              cool
              • yodaover 10 years
                That looks so crowded!
                • mysteriousover 10 years
                  so cool. the thing that i dont like is that there is no room!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but it is neat.
                  • bobevansisawesome2
                    bobevansisawesome2over 10 years
                    that would be awesome but dosent he need space to put the sliding rooms?
                    • popalaca
                      popalacaover 10 years
                      the sliding rooms have things that fold up so when hes done with it he can fold it up and slide the wall back! easy as 3.141597 (pi)
                    • MIAover 10 years
                      can he do that for my room