The results are in! And the Winner of the LifeEdited Small Apartment Design Contest is...One Size Fits All. The announcement was livestreamed today with Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, hosting the "awards show." The challenge to redesign Graham Hill's 420sf apartment in New York City aligned with the founder of TreeHugger's mantra to do more with less. Besides a trip to New York City, a $10K consultation contract for the build and a $10K cash prize, the Jury Winner will also receive a prize pack from Cisco and a Strida bike.
This idea is very smart in that it creates layers of use that are both original, and practical. For example the bed unfolding over the couch makes a lot of sense: when in bed the couch is not needed...The singular moving partition is a brilliant move, as many new uses are achieved with just one single transformation. The living room and couch set-up is quite luxurious considering the overall size of the apartment, and there resides the genius of this entry: each separate living function seems to maximize the entire space, rather than be confined to a compromised space.
Honorable mentions go to Living in the Future, a design that judge Tim Feriss of Four Hour Workweek said, "takes more of the human factors into account and provides a less sterile environment that would be more accepted (not just hypothetically replicable) across more cultures. Of the finalists, it was ultimately where I could envision living," and surfaces. Mark Kushner of Architizer said, "Surfaces' clear diagram of programatic north and south walls is executed beautifully to maximize space in open and closed postions. It provides for all of the brief's major requirements very well and remains an elegant and inviting space in all positions. There is an effortlessness to the design where no function seems cramped or awkward."