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Pivoting wall adds/subtracts rooms in NYC modular micro-flat

When architect Robert Garneau was asked to turn a Manhattan prewar studio into an apartment that would sleep 6 and seat 10 guests for Thanksgiving, he removed existing walls to create one large space, but added a hidden pivoting wall that swings out to recreate rooms when needed.

When the wall is rotated out, the one large space is divided into living room and bedroom and a Murphy bed is revealed behind the wall. Once the wall bed is pulled down the very back of the wall is revealed with recessed lighting, a charging station and a long bedside table.

Two hanging closets can be pulled from the wall beside the bed. The movable wall is also filled with storage and in the center there’s a window that can be opened to allow natural light to pass from the living room into the bedroom.

Garneau (Architecture Workshop) also built a pivoting wall into the bathroom. The floor-to-ceiling glass panel rotates to create a shower, but when flush with the wall the space is large enough for a two-person sink.

In the kitchen, an automated table can be raised or lowered to serve as extra countertop or a desk (the adjacent wall opens to reveal office supplies). The sides also flip up to serve as extra leaves and the elongated table can be moved to the center of the room to become a Thanksgiving dining table that seats 10.

  • Sky Seabrook

    I love it! The low voltage motor for the kitchen table is absolutely brilliant. I have been trying to figure out how to compartmentalize my space and this is very inspirational. Thank you “)