This Box Transforms A 200-Square-Foot Room Into A Comfortable Apartment

Could you live in a 200-square-foot apartment? What if it came equipped with a device that could turn a single room into a bedroom, living room, dining room, or kitchen with just a wave of your hand?

CityHome is a concept developed by architect Kent Larson and M.S. candidate Hasier Larrea at the MIT Media Lab's Changing Places research group. The idea is simple: to create a device that allows a single room to serve multiple functions. With a gesture, the bed, table, counterspace, and other portions of the CityHome emerge from or retreat into the central unit, so that each piece of furniture is in the room only when you need it.

This isn't the first time we've seen a transforming apartment, but Larson hopes to go a bit further. He's hoping to turn his prototype into a viable commercial product, with different designs available based on the occupant's interests and activities. I wonder, though, does he foresee designing differently shaped models to accommodate different apartment types, or a future where apartments are all designed as CityHome-ready cubes?

MIT's CityHome Is A House In A Box You Control By Waving Your Hand [FastCo Design]