Project ID
New York, USA

This client came to us with an apartment in the Kips Bay complex designed by IM Pei in the 1960s. We responded by designing a space capsule temporarily docked here on earth.

Concept Image
Looking toward Kitchen

They wanted a home to charge up between missions: a place where every boot and book, every single little thing could be hidden away. They wanted something that would make the most out of their 715 square feet.

Diagram of possessions

We measured and labeled the total volume of possessions (569 cubic feet) so we would have the necessary data to design a place for each and every thing to be hidden away.

View of kitchen
Looking out over the Kips Bay park
Reading nook
Reading nook
Interior detail of Transformer
Transformer elevation animation frame 1Transformer elevation animation frame 3Transformer elevation animation frame 5

At the center of the plan is a room containing a rotating storage wall called the Transformer. This space is separated from the bedroom, bathroom, and living room by sliding doors that allow the space to be reconfigured easily for different levels of privacy.

  • Images: Nurri Kim