Gallery: Studio Garneau’s Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs t...

Forget transforming cars - what if your apartment could morph into different configurations to suit your daily needs? NYC-based architecture firm Studio Garneau recently completed the Transformer, a nifty renovation of a dilapidated, multi-room prewar apartment into a spacious, sunny loft that adapts throughout the day to meet its occupant's needs. The centerpiece of the space is a large, track-mounted sliding wall that separates the bedroom from the living and dining areas. When the wall is positioned to enclose the bedroom, it exposes a floor-to-ceiling library wall of filing cabinets and adjustable shelves. And when it's slid back, covering the library, visual clutter is reduced to create a serene minimalist look.

The custom-designed wall bed can be flipped up to create a small open space that the resident uses for yoga, and the blue-tiled, spa-like bath is separated from the bedroom by an ingenious, floor-to-ceiling short wall of shallow drawers.

In the living room, custom-built sofas can be arranged as either a single L-shaped unit or two separate short sofas opposite one another, or brought together to form a queen-sized guest bed. They, and the dining table (which can be hydraulically raised to a countertop height, for working), have hidden storage compartments underneath that are sized for wide, flat documents such as construction documents–we suspect that the occupant just might be an architect.

As an added treat, the sliding wall is the perfect screening surface for a ceiling-mounted video projector. Somebody get us some popcorn so we can watch Transformers on it!

+ Studio Garneau

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  1. Just Fajri February 28, 2014 at 9:33 am

    What is the wall made of? Its so thick. I am familiar with brick-wall but this one looks different. What is it made of?