Watch a Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five-Room Suite

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

The 43-storey De Rotterdam is one of Europe's largest buildings. Inside, however, it's a study in how to inhabit a small space: the behemoth's tiniest unit is only 645 square feet (60 square metres), yet because it's kitted out with incredible transforming furniture, it functions like a five-room apartment.

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

The building opened earlier this year after 16 years of planning and construction, in the hometown of its architect, Rem Koolhaas. The interiors were designed by Clei Italia—an Italian company that designs transforming furniture. In a new video about the building's smallest apartments, we get a peek at what those systems can do.

For example, one living room wall transforms into a sleeping space—a kind of updated Murphy bed:

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

And these geometrically-printed chairs that hang on the wall as decoration when not in use:

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

Meanwhile, the home office can also serve as a guest bedroom when necessary:

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

Plus countless other tiny details—like this fold-down foyer detail—that make life inside the micro-apartment a little bit easier:

Watch a Teensy Micro-Apartment Transform Into a Five Room Suite

[44 Floors, ArchDaily]