Website EIA table indicates that single family detached homes average 90 square meters per person (960 sq ft/person) and high rise apartments average 40 square meters per person (430 sq ft/person).
The NewVistas model for housing is based on a small household private living space that is comfortable, optimally resource efficient and meets all of the private needs of the household. Much of the living in a NewVistas community takes place in the larger mansion beyond the private living space. Within NewVistas' flexible work-live units, space transformation technologies allow the same space to be used for many different purposes. Targets: 1. 150-200 sq ft of living space per person. 2. Same space usable for many purposes. 3. Minimization of space idleness in living areas. 4. Same space usable for many different purposes - transformable throughout the day. 5. Effective storage solutions for furniture and other items. 6. Availability of completely individual space. 7. Availability of completely private space. 8. Availability of commercial space in close proximity to living space.
Rough fly-through video illustrates principles of transforming space using moveable walls and ceiling storage.
TED talk (Hill 2011) about the freedom we get when we edit our lives to the essentials. He discusses his 420 sq ft. appartment that uses transforming technologies.
Web article (Mikls 2014) showcases apartments with small square footage that use transforming technologies to turn themselvese into roomy homes.
Article and video (Alter 2010) about an architect in Hong Kong who has made his own 344 square foot apartment into a transformable living space.
Review (Mimoa) exploring the "Suitcase House" in China, where an open space can be transformed into any number of room combinations by lifting up floor panels.
Website (Sauer) Seattle apartment is 182 square feet, utilizing smart design and some transforming space technology to accommodate all the functions of a modern home.
Video and Article (Dirkensen, FairCompanies.com) of a 258 Square Foot Transforming Apartment. small apartment that transforms space with a bed that stows under the balcony, a table that folds into the wall, and other uses stowed in a wall cabinet.
Web article (Farnham 2004) covers high-end trailers built for on-site movie work. A key feature of the trailers is a second floor that folds down into the first for transportation (causing a wall to fold, etc).
Website (Abito) suggests a number of ways in which smart design can make optimum use of living space comfortably.
Web article (Friedberg 2009) about a small apartment (12' wide x 12' tall x 50' long) that utilizes a loft bed to maximize and retain the open feel of the space.
Website US Distributor for Belitec and Liftbed systems. Site contains video demonstrations of Liftbed (bed lifts into ceiling on wall mount system) and Belitec (bed has an articulated foam mattress and frame that rolls up into a wall cabinet).
French website for BedUp, a manually operated lifting bed suspended from the ceiling. Bed lifts into ceiling when not in use. Product not currently available outside of the EU.
Website, U.S. dealer for CLEI transformable furniture, including multiple bed designs.
Website U.S. distributor of company with claims to key patent(s) related to desk-bed transforming mechanisms. Products are used in college dorm housing (Stanford, Texas Tech, etc).
Website company makes moving furniture that allows multiple use and conceals doorways, cabinets, beds, etc.
Video (Chikukagu 2008) of a space saving kitchen design that folds up into a storable cabinet unit. Also includes a space saving bed and office.
Webpage (Mike 2008) shows an adaptable kitchen module that allows different appliances to be accommodated while maximizing the functionality of the kitchen space.
Video of a space saving bed design that folds up into a storable cabinet unit. Also includes a space saving kitchen and office.
Web article (Treehugger 2008) describes the bed-up solution for saving space by lifting a bed into the ceiling when not in use.
Web article (Treehugger) discusses innovative methods to get the bed out of the way.