A few days ago I was browsing around on Facebook – I can’t help myself and get withdrawal symptoms if I don’t look every day. I’m sure I’m not alone!
So scrolling through the posts, one of them caught my attention. It said “How to save space! AMAZING small apartment”. Having lived in some cramped places myself it was hard not to be curious.
So I watched it with interest and was instantly captivated. The video speaks for itself and would make anyone admire the ingenuity of the people who designed it. In summary, the video shows a tiny apartment that has been converted by clever use of space into a really cool 8 room apartment. Yes, 8 room!
The 40 sq metre apartment in New York’s Soho district becomes a roomy, practical and useful space to live comfortably in.
Everything is shown, including an entire wall sliding around to divide the room up as required. There is also clever use of wall space with hidden drawers or cabinets that keep things neat, tidy and minimalist.
The space is easily converted from one room to two, living space to office, bedrooms to dining space with a table that seats eight people. There are also a kitchen and bathroom, all set into just 40 sq m apartment. Every inch of this flat’s space is valued in a smart way.
I was greatly surprised at the end of this video though.
The presenter, Graham Hill, mentioned that everything was the work of two Romanian architects students that were selected from 300 applicants.
This video left me feeling proud of the ingenuity of the 2 Romanians but I had to know more. I found out that the students were Adrian Iancu and Catalin Sandu and that the project’s aim was to create a high quality living space that is affordable and environmentally friendly, within the tiny areas available in the cities.
People like them strongly contribute to the improvement of Romania’s reputation so they should be congratulated. There skill and ingenuity will certainly put Romania on the map so I, for one, am very proud of what they did.
The design has been so popular that Graham Hill is negotiating with developers the construction of apartment buildings in several cities based on this design. I wish him, every success!
I think there are many Romanian names that are worth remembering but now we have 2 more – well done Adrian Iancu and Catalin Sandu. You have made your fellow Romanians proud!
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