How a designer was able to convert a simple apartment into a living-working area by installing moving partitions.

By installing two mobile walls, Japanese designer Yuko Shibata was able to transform a small residential space into a mixed use area with separate living and office sections. Under the ‘Switch‘ project, a partition was created that slides out over the dining table to make for a meeting room on one side and library on the other, while another bookcase opens to reveal a hidden bedroom.

Shibata talks about his project:

The addition of two bookshelves, each with a large door, allowed us to create a space with the ability to adapt from home to office or from office to home, while leaving the original floor plan intact. The first bookshelf was added to the meeting room. By moving the large door, the meeting space can be divided in two. The space on the side of the bookshelf becomes a library. The large door also includes an opening in order to allow it to pass over the dining table. In this way, the table is shared between the library and meeting spaces.

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