Design Eight Five Two use sliding furniture to create flexible Hong Kong apartment

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Design Eight Five Two updates Hong Kong flat with sliding walls and space-saving furniture

Adjustable furniture and sliding walls maximise the limited space inside this Hong Kong apartment, which has been overhauled for a photographer and his pet cat.

Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong

Local architecture and design studio Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) was asked to overhaul the cramped layout of a 51-square-metre apartment named Flat 27A, located in the city's Kowloon Bay area.

Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong

The client asked for a more fluid arrangement to allow him to adapt the space, depending on whether he is alone or with company.

Moveable furniture, concealed storage and sliding partitions give the option to use the home as a single space, or to divide it up into rooms.

Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong

"Flat 27A was an opportunity to bring a kind of subtle magic to our client's home. A powerful sense of pleasure and comfort that would set it apart for its simplicity, ease, and efficiency," said the studio.

"The micro apartment is no stranger to Hong Kong, where space is a premium, and although the concept has really taken off in the last decade when downsizing became trendy, the creation of smaller and smaller units continues to divide opinions."

Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong

Previously, the apartment has been subdivided to squeeze in two bedrooms, leaving a cramped and difficult-to-furnish living space. The architects decided to merge the bedrooms with the lounge to create one space.

Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong

In the lounge, the seat of the sofa slides out to reveal storage, while sliding partitions conceal shelves and the bedroom.

One concealed storage unit hosts a coffee machine and wine bottles, while others are used for camera equipment and spare furniture.

Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong

A pop-hole in one wooden storage units provides a retreat for the owner's white cat, which also has its own toilet concealed beneath the bathroom sink.

A custom-built dining table is set on casters to allow it to be easily repositioned, and can be expanded to seat up to 10 at gatherings.

Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong

"Nearly every surface conceals hidden storage and books, as the client is an avid photographer and travel buff with a massive library," said the studio.

Photography is by  Hazel Yuen Fun.


Project credits:

Architects: Design Eight Five Two (DEFT)
Design team: Norman Ung, Peter Lampard, Ryan Lam, Hazel Yuen Fun, Tony Lai

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Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong
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Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong
Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong
Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong
Flat 27A by Design Eight Five Two (DEFT) Hong Kong