Besides luxury apartments and commercial spaces, OMA’s recently completed De Rotterdam tower boasts small space-saving apartments that look stylish and sleek without immediately revealing their amazing transformability. The building, which integrates many different functions into a small area, offers the more affordable living units without compromising on design quality.
The smallest apartment in De Rotterdam is 60 square meters (645 square feet) in area and has two rooms. The architects decided to challenge themselves and turn it into a five-room apartment, using space-saving furniture, like folding beds that turn into a workspace or a sofa. In the living room there is a sofa on top of which a bed unfolds, and a dresser features decorative use of chairs that can hang on the wall like a piece of modern art. In the bedroom and workspace another bed unfolds, and a small dining table can be transformed into a large table for the most extravagant dinner parties.
The apartment can be arranged so that a room can also function as a workspace, a guest room, and a cupboard room, all in one. It boasts technical innovation that allows the space to be transformed with a few simple actions.