Ever wanted to have your city-living cake and eat it (in a dining room capable of hosting 10) too?
This place proves you might not have to make the choice between space and proximity ever again.
The Pivot project is a one-bedroom apartment inspired by the iconic Swiss Army knife. It’s created by Architecture Workshop and set in a pre-war building in Greenwich Village.
Receiving a brief which asked for the ability to host dinner for 10 guests, enough room to sleep six, a home office, a private study, and an efficient kitchen – all within a 37sqm studio apartment – would definitely be a tall order for any architect, but this place proves it can be done.
Architect Robert Garneau says: “The project emphasises open space while overlaying multi-functionality, transforming in response to different needs. Extensive custom cabinetry creates various spatial experiences depending on use ranging from serene white walls to lush wood interiors.”
“The project is an evolution of the traditional studio apartment where a single room accommodates sleeping, living and dining on the same footprint.”
With natural wood finishes and glorious light-filled spaces, this compact home is a city-lover’s dream.
Take a tour of the Swiss Army knife-inspired apartment here:
So how do you get all that from one tiny studio space? With the help of a lot of expertly-created cabinetry and some meticulous attention to detail, that’s how.
Robert explains: “A pivoting wall cabinet divides the apartment in two where either space can be used independently when needed, revealing a wall-bed with an openable window/niche.
“An expanding hydraulic table can be used for work or extended into the main space when hosting guests for dinner; it can also rise up at the push of a button for additional kitchen counter space.
“A sofa unfolds to allow guests to sleep in their own private space. The shower is curb-less and overlaps a double sink, allowing more than one person to use the small bathroom at a time.
“The wall-bed supports an orthopedic mattress with a niche for power and individual lighting. A pair of closets on either side of the bed extends out with pull-down rods and drawers.
“The kitchen features a splashback that lifts to reveal storage behind. The entrance closet doors have built-in shelving for hats and shoes as well as a hanging rod that illuminates when the door is opened.”
Now that we’ve seen it, we can’t believe it’s taken this long to create the perfect city pad.