This New Yorker’s amazing 420 square feet apartment transforms into eight rooms


When you’re looking for an apartment in New York, don’t be surprised if you end up with living space that’s much smaller than what you’re used to. It seems to be the norm, unless you’re of the wealthy and famous kind of course. But small living spaces don’t necessarily mean things have to be cramped — with a little ingenuity, you can make a small apartment just as awesome as any other place.

Entrepreneur Graham Hill has taken this to the next level with his apartment, however. His apartment is a small studio apartment at first glance, but is a full living space when everything is revealed. All in all, eight actual and very functional spaces are conjured out of 350 420 square feet. It also has a very small footprint physically and environmentally — he is founder of after all.

Words can only do so much; check out the video below to see one of the most awesome apartments yet.

[via Gizmodo]

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  • Ed

    Wow, I could not live in something that small, no matter how it was designed. I’d feel like I was living in a shoe box. Nice ideas, but wayyyy too small for me. Besides he is probably paying more for that one room apartment than I am paying for an entire house.

  • Ashraf

    @Enrique: Someone knows their Apple… xD
    Thanks for clarifying the square feet issue!

  • Enrique

    @Ashraf: Okay, so it’s a 420 square foot apartment but the actual living space after all the modifications is more like 350. Right?

    @JonE: I wrote 350 because that’s what it says on the video’s title. I did a little more digging on this and it appears that there are two “LifeEdited” apartments. The first one, which this video shows, is indeed 420 feet. The second, which has a different layout, is listed as 350 feet. There’s a chance that they were switched on the video’s description. Either way, it’s a small space, period. Haha.

    The computer that powers it is just a Mac mini. It fits in with the whole environment friendly aspect of the place because it doesn’t consume very much power.

    The display is an Apple Thunderbolt Display that was custom-mounted to the wall.

  • Ashraf

    @JonE: The title of the video says 350 square feet. I think what must have happened here is Gizmodo originally posted it as 350 square feet (hence the video title) but modified their mistake to 420 square feet. I’ll correct this article now, thanks.
    Re computer: I thought it might be a Mac due to the keyboard and mouse but the display doesn’t look Mac-ish. Right?

  • JonE

    @Ashraf: I agree with you.

    @Enrique: Who’s the second? Graham clearly states at the beginning of the video that it’s his apartment and that it is a 420 square foot apartment. And the article on Gizmodo is titled, “The Tiny Transforming Apartment That Packs Eight Rooms into 420 Square Feet.”

    I can obviously see that after all the modifications Graham has made that the available space is no longer going to be 420 square feet and probably more like the 350 square feet you quote in your article. If there is any mention of 350 square feet made in the video I missed that part. And so I don’t know where you collected the data for your article, so can’t very well make a convincing argument except that Graham states at the beginning of the video that it’s a 420 square foot apartment in Soho. In any case, thank you, for the article and video link – I enjoyed reading and seeing it.

    Regardless of that this can truly be called an efficiency apartment. Graham has done an amazing job; it’s is clear that he put a lot of thought into it. Like the storage space that opens up with a window right there to let the daylight in. Umm? What kind of computer is that he has? Musta cost a freaking fortune.

  • Ashraf

    @Enrique: I honestly don’t know. I’m thinking maybe the 350 figure doesn’t include the bathroom? Then again, a 70 square feet bathroom would be huge if compared to the 350 square feet home.
    In the end, I suppose it doesn’t really matter — either way it is an amazing apartment.

  • Enrique

    @Ashraf: 2 against 1 so 350! Haha. But seriously though, I have a feeling 350 probably reflects the actual living space more accurately? That’s my guess anyway. What do you think?

  • Ashraf

    Very cool! I wonder how much his apartment is worth after all his modifications.
    BTW: The Gizmodo link says 420 square feet but the video and you say 350 square feet. Which one is right?