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Sliding Walls Turn Tiny Apartment Into Home Office (and Back)

Sliding Walls Turn Tiny Apartment Into Home Office (and Back)

Yuko Shibata’s client was asking for the impossible: adding a large meeting room/workspace and a library to his miniscule Tokyo apartment. Shibata’s clever solution? Make the walls themselves mobile — and turn the rooms into interior-architectural Transformers.

Here’s how the bedroom turns into the library, thanks to a pivoting bookshelf-wall, pictured just above:

To “add” the meeting room, Shibata installed a sliding wall in the dining room that literally shifts from side to side over the large table. Here it is in dining-room mode:

And then… transform!

Shibata calls his design “Switch.” I’d have preferred “Optimus Prime,” but to each his own.

[Photographs by Ryohei Hamda]JP