Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an
apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

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The resident of a compact apartment in Madrid demonstrates how she can rearrange walls and pull furniture out of the ceiling in this movie by photographer and filmmaker Miguel de Guzmán.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

Designed by Spanish studio Elii Architects, the Didomestic apartment occupies the loft of an old building, so it was designed to make optimal use of space by creating flexible rooms that can be adapted for different activities.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

Sliding pink partitions allow the main floor to be either opened up or divided into a series of smaller spaces, while a new mezzanine loft provides a bedroom where floor panels hinge open to reveal a vanity mirror, toiletry storage and a tea station.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

The architects also added several fun elements to tailor the space to the resident's lifestyle; a hammock, playground swing and disco ball all fold down from the ceiling, while a folding surface serves as a cocktail bar or ironing board.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

"Every house is a theatre," explained the architects. "Your house can be a dance floor one day and a tea room the next."

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

The movie imagines a complete day in the life of the apartment's inhabitant, from the moment she wakes up in the morning to the end of an evening spent with a friend.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

"The idea was to show all the different spaces and mechanisms in a narrative way," said De Guzmán.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

Getting dressed in the morning, the resident reveals wardrobes built into one of the walls. Later, she invites a friend round for a meal and they dine at a picnic table that lowers down from the kitchen ceiling.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

A rotating handle on the wall controls the pulleys needed to bring this furniture down from overhead, while other handles can be used to reveal shelving and fans.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

A metal staircase connecting the two levels is contained within a core at the centre of the apartment and is coloured in a vivid shade of turquoise.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

A shower room lined with small hexagonal tiles is located to the rear of the kitchen, plus there's a bathroom on the mezzanine floor directly above.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

Photography is also by Miguel de Guzmán.

Here's a project description from Elii Architects:


Project for the complete refurbishment of an attic in downtown Madrid

The scope of the project covers from the development of a customised functional proposal for a user that is turning a new leaf to the rehabilitation of the structure, the insulation, the facilities and the modernisation of the existing construction systems.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

The selected approach removes all obstacles from the floor to provide the greatest possible flexibility. Two basic elements are used: firstly, the central core, comprising the staircase, some shelves and the larder. The core is at the centre of the main space under the mansard roof. It connects the access floor and the space under the roof and allows the natural lighting coming through the roof into the living room. Secondly, there are two side strips for the functional elements (kitchen, bathroom, storage space and domestic appliances).

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

This basic arrangement is complemented by two strategies that provide flexibility to the domestic spaces.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

Firstly, the moving panels that are integrated into the core and run along guide rails. These panels can be used to create different arrangements, such as adding an extra room for a guest, separating the kitchen from the living room area or opening the whole floor for a party. The panels have transparent sections so that the natural lighting coming through the mansard roof can reach this space.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

Secondly, the secret trap doors that are integrated into the ceiling of the access floor and into the floor of the mezzanine and that house the rest of the domestic functions. The ceiling doors are opened with handles fitted on the walls. These handles actuate pulleys that lower part of the furniture (such as tables and the picnic benches, a swing or the hammock) or some complementary functions and objects (such as the disco ball, the fans to chill out on the hammock or an extra shelf for the guest room).

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

In addition, the floor of the space under the roof has a series of invisible doors that can be opened to alter the functionality of the raised space where the bedroom area is (these spaces house the dressing table, the tea room and the storage spaces for the bathroom).

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture

All these elements are integrated within the floor and the ceiling and they appear and disappear at the user's whim. The secret trap doors and the sliding panels complement the basic configuration, fit the needs of the moment and provide different home layout combinations.

Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture
Main floor plan - click for larger image
Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture
Long section - click for larger image
Day-in-the-life movie follows the resident of an apartment with moving walls and secret furniture
Cross section - click for larger image
  • Willcx

    Absolutely pants. Embarrassing!

  • ChrisD

    I love it… can someone explain how come there are no floor rails visible for these moving walls?

  • Elissaveta

    Difficult to ever get bored in a dynamic space like this. Might be missing some padding at times – you know, a nice and soft cushion or two…

  • jlondon

    2.23 a little bit cheeky! Wink.

  • Yaniv Peer

    This project shows excellent thinking ingenuity but I do have a concern that we are celebrating super compact living which seems to me to lay the way for developers to justify making even smaller apartments for greater profits.

  • sophiagc

    I admire the ingenuity behind the pop-up apartment but would hate to live in an environment made of polypropylene where you also have to constantly move your main furniture around.

    In my view 50m2 is not that small not to be able to think of an arrangement that would provide decent space for all habitable uses with furniture and finishes that still respond to our haptic needs.

  • Anthony

    Pretty ugly colours :/