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5 Smart Apartment Designs That Maximize Space

One of the key design solutions for a well-designed tiny apartment is multifunctional spaces. Assigning several functions to an area minimizes wasted space and maximizes every inch of space. Hiding unused components also declutters the area, making it appear larger than it looks. These are just some of the clever solutions designers implement to create beautiful and efficient interiors. Below are seven well-designed tiny apartments that will capture your interest.   1. 24 in 1 Transformer Apartment Designed by: Architect Gary Chang Area: 24 sqm / 258 sq. ft. The concept for the apartment is a time-based design that uses shared space one function at a time. Several movable walls hide everything out of sight, decluttering the space. Everything slides against the wall to open up center space. By layering several movable walls, the apartment has abundant storage space hidden within the wall. Shifting the center wall panel to the center allows access to the hidden bathtub, which also has a

Floating Homes a solution to future natural disasters

Rainy seasons have finnaly arrived here in the Philippines. Series of tropical storms and typhoons are heading here, bringing with it heavy rains and floods. After our country has experienced the disaster from Typhoon Ondoy, I have been pondering on a solution to flooding and how to prevent it from happening again.
Architects: Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Since environmental change has drastically affected our weather system, flooding will become a common event during the rainy seasons. Asides from flood, landslide are a common scene on rural deforested areas.

This type of disasters have been happening around the world and some countries has learned to adapt in this extreme situations. I searched for a solution and found that a lot of the solutions from other countries is to design their houses to float.

Although it is already a common sight on other countries this has been rarely been adapted in the Philippines due to the high cost of this structures. Most of the floating homes here in the Philippines are built with light materials and are located at the slum areas. It would be great if I could design a cost effective liveable floating house for these. I guess this will be my next conceptual project in order to challenge my mind

I have found a handful of great designs of floating houses around the world. These houses will surely solve the problem of flooding and rising sea levels. It would be excellent if these houses could also withstand a tsunami. That would be one less disaster of the list. Anyway here are the floating home projects I found from other countries which are aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Architects: Martin Förster & Karsten Trabitzsch
Location: Hamburg, Germany

Architect: Waterstudio.NL
Location: Jburg, Amsterdam
Architects: X-Architects
Location: Dubai