A 550 ft2 award-winning apartment with plenty of storage and space

Architects Rosa and Robert Garneau of Studio Garneau have transformed a dilapidated multi-room pre-war apartment into a modern, adaptable open space, providing an urban sanctuary above the frenzy of New York City. 

tr21 1 - A 550 ft2 award-winning apartment with plenty of storage and spaceThe Transformer project, as it is called, creates a flexible, adaptive mini-loft that emphasizes open views while providing supportive functionality — architecture and furniture opens, folds and slides, responding to different uses.

tr1 1 - A 550 ft2 award-winning apartment with plenty of storage and space
tr23 1 - A 550 ft2 award-winning apartment with plenty of storage and spaceWhite painted walls and doors, conceal lush interiors of oiled walnut, enclosing libraries, artwork, office supplies, clothing and precious mementos.
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The sliding door to the bedroom can also be used to hide the shelving units and as a screen. How clever is that?

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The main table in the kitchen area has hydraulic legs so that the table can be used for cooking, as a works space and for meals. It also have five drawers, so plenty of storage.

  tr18 1 - A 550 ft2 award-winning apartment with plenty of storage and spaceThe sofa also have hidden drawers. More storage.

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The Murphy bed are perfectly balanced so it can be opened and closed just by using the fingertips.

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Built-in cabinetry and custom designed furniture maximize space and flexibility.
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In the bathroom the cabinet is camouflaged, because it is decorated with the same tiles as the walls. The towel rods open up to the clothes hampers.

Photos by Bart Michiels

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