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Gary Chang: Micro Apartmament

Architect Gary Chang’s apartment is located in downtown Hong Kong, and represents a remarkable example of interior refurbishment. Gary’s apartment is only 344 square foot (or 32 square metres) but with a smart use of resources he has managed to transform it into 24 different designs.

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His ingenious solution called ‘Micro Apartment’ could be the key to creating more space with sliding wall units and fold-away furniture. Chang has been living in this apartment since he was 14 years old. After his parents move out, he tried a series of modifications. After years of studying his apartment, Chang has finally achieved through moving walls and different systems.

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The wall units are suspended from steel tracks bolted into the ceiling. “As they are shifted around, the apartment becomes all manner of spaces – kitchen, library, laundry room, dressing room, a lounge with a hammock, an enclosed dining area and a wet bar.”

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It took Gary almost 30 years to finish his adaptable apartment. Originally, the apartment had three miniature bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a dining room and the space was very tight. Now, three even four people could live in the ‘Micro Apartment’. Some sections of the apartment are quite luxurious. For instance, behind one of the sliding walls there is a huge Duravit bathtub. A shower is also a steam room with colour therapy and massage while the toilet has a heated seat and remote control bidet.

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From the outside, Gary Chang’s apartment looks different than the others because of its yellow shaded windows which fill the apartment with a sunset-tinted radiance.