Movable Shelving System Transforms a Single Room into Separate Spaces

As cities continue to grow in population, there's always the challenge of doing more with less – especially when it comes to housing. How do we make a small space feel and act like a larger one? The Madrid-based firm PKMN Architectures came up with the All I Own House as a solution to this conundrum. It makes use of three large, movable stacks – similar to the shelves you might find in a library – and configures a studio apartment into its own “rooms.”

PKMN's design features a rail system that's anchored to the ceiling, and residents shift the custom-made wooden pieces to their liking. Potentially, this means a work space, bedroom, and kitchen are all within one small area of the apartment. The appliances and plumbing are the only non-movable elements in the home.

The intricate rail system doesn't cover the entire 540 square foot room; there's space adjacent to the stacks that are meant for static furnishings. But, if you watch the video below, you'll see that you can do a lot within PKMN's innovations.

PKMN Architectures website
via [The Coolist]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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