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More Than Meets the Eye: Our three-part series concludes with a Hong Kong apartment that solves dorm-room dimensions—24 different ways.

Edge Design Institute
March 2011

By David Sokol

Hong Kong Apartment
Photo courtesy EDGE Design Institute Ltd
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Ours is an urban planet: In 2008 researchers confirmed that more than half of all people resides in cities. This historic first will soon be a fact of life as urban populations reach 5 billion by 2030, with particularly large growth in Asia and Africa.

Boasting more than 7 million people, Hong Kong offers a glimpse of the density of cities of the future. Yet, in a 344-square-foot corner of its Sai Wan Ho neighborhood, architect Gary Chang is living an experiment that also reconciles compactness with gracious living. Chang, who is managing director of Edge Design Institute, has ingeniously applied a system of moving walls and Murphy fixtures to this tiny loft space so that it may be pushed, pulled, folded, and snapped into numerous layouts...


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