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Extreme transformer home in Hong Kong: Gary Chang's 24 rooms in 1



Gary Chang has lived in the same 32 square meters (344 square feet) for nearly his entire life. Nearly 40 years ago, he moved into the tiny apartment with not only his parents and 3 younger sisters, but they rented a room to a tenant.

During his childhood the space was divided into several small rooms- kitchen, bathrooms and 3 bedrooms (Chang slept on the couch). In 1988 when his family moved out (into something bigger), Chang bought the place from the landlord for $45,000 and began his experiments in small space design.

Today, at first glance, the small space appears a fairly average open studio, but with pulls on handles, walls slide across steel tracks, Chang can have a “maximum kitchen”, a guest bedroom, a library, dining room, laundry-room and even a spa: one walls slides to reveal an extra-large Duravit bathtub.

His home is tricked out with a wall-sized movie screen, a shower with color therapy and massage that doubles as a steam room, but Chang argues that the moving walls are fairly low-tech. And while he can control his appliances with his smartphone he usually prefers the manual option.

Chang is now an architect (Edge Design) with a focus on micro-apartments.

*Cameraman Johnny Sanphillippo also films for the site Strong Towns: http://www.strongtowns.org/

Gary Chang’s Edge Design: http://www.edgedesign.com.hk

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41 comments

  1. Andrès Lohlé

    Does anyone know how he managed the yellow filter on the windows? I'd love to do something similar at home but can't find anything on the web…
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Idk what he is saying

  3. spa tab, large shower,and walk in closet ?! this man is amazing!

  4. love the idea but imma be too lazy too keep moving the walls so yea not a good idea for me

  5. Wow!!

  6. Looks very strenuous and overkill

  7. smart use of space!

  8. Gilian Geschiere

    I think I would get sick of constantly moving things around.

    And it would be even cooler if all the walls were automated and you would have presets of how you want the space to transform on your phone.

  9. This dude a superhero

  10. 재형 / ジェイムズ

    good design..

    8:23 its probably unintended but the subtitles are not verbatim. either continue to let him talk without subtitles or just type what he said because it was totally understandable

  11. 請問成本大約多少? 非常好奇,尤其是我好鍾意浸浴

  12. Torrance Harris

    I'm sorry but the coolest thing in his home is his hairstyle

  13. Chinese hahaha

  14. WOW! This is a work of genius. So much thought and creative execution. Great use of resources and still feels very luxurious.

  15. That is possibly the most efficient use of space that I have ever seen. Brilliantly done sir.

  16. Most wonderful designed apartment I have seen so far ! And with the sepia filtered windows, the view is gorgeous ! Thank you for this wonderful video !

  17. A year after watching this video for the first time, I'm still amazed. Nothing else quite like this. It's brilliant and beautiful

  18. Chris Saddler Sam

    3:44 MY TROUBLE IS… :)))

  19. amazing

  20. For Hong Kong this is a very big space.

  21. Kee-pyor Myndopen

    Play ‘high n sick’ under the papaya tree

  22. imagine when i was in my mid 50s or 60s…imagine when i was sick and i just need a glass of water…

  23. 7:30 $350 LA MER, $125 LANCOME
    When a middle hi class men live and a ghetto 😆

  24. This guy is living like a king, and in Honk Kong.

  25. At least it has hi ceilings

  26. It IS a very big refrigerator -for Hong Kong. Personally I hate the idea of all that steel, not cozy atall..

  27. Carol Bedrosian

    Amazing home, I could happily live there!

  28. asti damayanti

    Wow

  29. Tania castillo

    Were do i find a designer for my small apartament please?

  30. Did you ever forget what is hidden behind the wall?

  31. 天朝虎神營頭等撲虎

    It's even worse now, average HKD20,000 per square feet and the government is not doing anything!

  32. The photography of this video is amazing, looks a film scene

  33. Ofcourse such a cool appartment but why build storage space that your not gonna fill but then again this countertops en desk where stacked.

  34. One gotta live in a 10sqft in Hong Kong to understand how amazing this guy's design can be!

  35. Rosa Antonucci

    clever!

  36. what if one person wanted to watch tv and the other want to do some cooking?

  37. imaghine pulling down the bed every damn f in night?

  38. That is the tidiest horder I've ever seen…. (:

  39. at 6:08 it looks like a HUGE spider is crawling passed the upper window (or upper reflection).

  40. It reminds me of Corban's apartment in The Fifth Element.

  41. Innovative space design but the dark lighting made it very difficult to see all the rooms and moving parts. Great concept though.