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LifeEdited Design Contest Yields Awesome Green New York Apartment

Posted By Jessica Dailey On August 12, 2011 @ 11:15 am In Architecture,News | 1 Comment

Graham Hill, founder of Treehugger [7], concocted the contest idea, then teamed up with the LifeEdited group at the crowdsourcing website Jovoto to make it a reality. The requirements were nothing to scoff at. The 420-square-foot space needed to be completely functional, while including room for a sit-down dinner for 12, comfortable lounging for eight people, space for two guests, a home office, a work area, a hideable kitchen, and the regular necessities like a bed, shower, and bike storage — basically, everything every New Yorker wishes his or her apartment could be.

Three-hundred and four designs [6] were submitted, with more than 600,000 entry views and comments. The winning design, One Size Fits All, is a bright, clean space with a moving wall that can transform the main room into a lounge, bedroom, office, and/or guest sleeping area. Each positioning maximizes the space, creating an open feeling even when the table is set for 12. Juror (and Inhabitat [8] favorite) Yves Behar says [7],

This idea is very smart in that it creates layers of use that are both original, and practical. For example the bed unfolding over the couch makes a lot of sense: when in bed the couch is not needed…The singular moving partition is a brilliant move, as many new uses are achieved with just one single transformation. The living room and couch set-up is quite luxurious considering the overall size of the apartment, and there resides the genius of this entry: each separate living function seems to maximize the entire space, rather than be confined to a compromised space.”

Hill is currently working with the designer to make the apartment [9] become a reality, posting regular design updates [10] on Treehugger [11]. He hopes to hold similar contests in the future, but for different living spaces, like a family home or an entire apartment complex.

+ One Size Fits All [12]
+ LifeEdited [5]

Via Treehugger [7]

Images © One Size Fits All


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[7] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/01/winners-selected-lifeedited.php

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[9] apartment: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/5-ways-to-artfully-light-up-a-small-apartment-with-energy-efficient-leds.php

[10] regular design updates: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/5-sleek-sustainable-hardwood-floor-covering-options-for-a-small-apartment.php

[11] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/4-tips-for-energy-efficient-temperature-control-in-a-tiny-home.php

[12] + One Size Fits All: http://www.jovoto.com/contests/life-edited/ideas/10288

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