New Urbanism: Small Functions Well in Gary Chang’s Sliding Wall Apartment

February 17, 2012

This story has been posted before but it’s very much worth posting again. Architect Gary Change has made small spaces work in a tremendously functional way – when you need a bedroom, simply move a wall. Most remarkable, he accomplished this work of functional beauty in an apartment measuring 330 square feet.

Architect Gary Chang has implemented some stunning solutions for small-space living in his Hong Kong apartment. To get a first-hand glimpse of Mr. Chang’s take on how spaciousness in a small space might look and feel, you must look at this 4:04 Planet Green video clip on You Tube.

This compact living space represents an inspiring case study for anybody considering the challenges of living in inner city areas with limited space. From the standpoints of density and functional practicality, this Chang design offers great potential. Consider that Chang’s very small apartment space contains not just one room, but 24 rooms using an innovative sliding wall system.

For instance, his living room wall can be slid back to reveal a storage and changing area, something Chang refers to as his spa. Behind the spa is a bathroom that receives natural light from the apartment’s single exterior window. When the bathroom is not in use, the space converts to a guest bedroom, using a pull-down Murphy bed. The entire place makes a showcase in modular functionality that will continually surprise visitors.

Of interest, Chang grew up in this apartment with his parents, three sisters, and a tenant. The unit contained three very small bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and dining area. Chang says he has renovated the apartment four times since buying it from his parents 20 years ago. Call it a work in progress – a fabulous one.

It brings one to question how might somebody with a 4,000 square-foot space be able to handle this transformative wonder? Thanks, Mr. Chang, for showing us the functional marvels of small.

Photo: thearchitecturecollective



Glenn Meyers

Writer, documentary producer, and director. Meyers is a contributor to CleanTechnica, and founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.