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Barcode Room: The Optimus Prime of apartments

Barcode Room: The Optimus Prim...
Barcode Room from Studio_01 offers a transformable apartment concept which adapts to the needs of its residents
Barcode Room from Studio_01 offers a transformable apartment concept which adapts to the needs of its residents
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Barcode Room from Studio_01 offers a transformable apartment concept which adapts to the needs of its residents
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Barcode Room from Studio_01 offers a transformable apartment concept which adapts to the needs of its residents
One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
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One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
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One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
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One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
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One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
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One of the many different configurations offered by Barcode Room and its movable set of walls
What Barcode Room looks like from the inside, this time from the bedroom
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What Barcode Room looks like from the inside, this time from the bedroom
Looking through the walls of Barcode Room, with the removal of certain components creating unusual spaces and viewing angles
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Looking through the walls of Barcode Room, with the removal of certain components creating unusual spaces and viewing angles
The 12 different components that make up the walls of Barcode Room
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The 12 different components that make up the walls of Barcode Room
A side-on concept drawing of Barcode Room in use
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A side-on concept drawing of Barcode Room in use
A top-down concept drawing of Barcode Room in use
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A top-down concept drawing of Barcode Room in use
Barcode Room continually adapts to the needs of its residents, whatever those needs may be
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Barcode Room continually adapts to the needs of its residents, whatever those needs may be
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People living in cities are increasingly being squeezed into smaller and smaller apartments, a reality that is driving a search for new living space designs that can adapt, transform, and evolve as the needs of those residing in them dictate. Barcode Room from Japanese design company Studio_01 is an attempt at doing just that. At present it's nothing more than a concept, but Barcode Room could prove to be a good strategy for maximizing space while also tending to the needs of multiple residents.

The basis of Barcode Room is a set of three sliding walls (or bars) that can be moved around to form multiple configurations. By moving the walls into different positions, residents can customize the space to suit their particular needs at any particular time.

The 12 different components that make up the walls of Barcode Room
The 12 different components that make up the walls of Barcode Room

There are 12 types of walls, with the three chosen by and for the residents dictating the configurations available to them. The walls are attached to a ceiling rail and mounted on wheels, which means they can not only be installed in new apartments but in existing apartments as well.

Both the storage and furniture components are actually slotted into the walls, ready to be taken out and used as needed. When the storage and furniture aren't being used at all, this system frees up living space, allowing for a blank canvas without the detritus associated with inner-city living. Essentially all the components needed to live are present, but presented in a way which means they don't dominate the apartment.

Looking through the walls of Barcode Room, with the removal of certain components creating unusual spaces and viewing angles
Looking through the walls of Barcode Room, with the removal of certain components creating unusual spaces and viewing angles

Barcode Room recently won the Grand Prix at Tokyo Designer's Week 2012. Studio_01 is committed to continuing work on Barcode Room, with plans to develop additional bars, and components within the bars. As well as the obvious potential in residential locales, Studio_01 sees potential for the Barcode Room to be used in other spaces such as offices, galleries, and restaurants.

The Studio_01 video below shows some of the transforming systems in operation.

Source: Studio_01 via Treehugger

barcode_room by studio_01

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9 comments
badbad
I wish I had the money to invest on that business/idea... cumulate that concept with shipping containers and you have affordable housing. Get the earlier contract of the article a little before "City authorities turn to shipping containers to combat homelessness" and then you have a better world for all....
c w
I fail to see the noble, heroic sentience that makes this worth comparing to the greatest of the Autobot warriors.
Savin Wangtal
So mainly it's all about turning walls into storage space of different configuration? Would it not be easier (albeit less stylish) to just make closets on wheels so that they can be shuffled around? If I have to try to make a stylish concept, I would make the floor fold out into tables/cabinets/beds. Then there wouldn't be these pseudo walls everywhere, and the room would be a lot wider.
VoiceofReason
Ummmm...nothing I couldn't do with a few simple power tools, a few sheets of plywood and a Rockler.com catalog. Not seeing much innovation. Sorry, try again.
Dvorák Bence
I think perhaps this was the source of the idea?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg9qnWg9kak (older, but still more sophisticated and futuristic design - and 24 "rooms").
martinkopplow
@voiceofreason: the problem here is not that you couldn't do it now someone has brought up the idea and showed you how to, it's that you just didn't have the idea, and the fact that you just didn't do it. Why can people just not appreciate the value of ideas?
BigGoofyGuy
I like the idea. It seems that it might have been inspired by those movable storage / file shelves one sees in some offices.
Takis
Unsafe for earthquake zones.
Mortisha Brown
This is amazing! I really love your concept about this cabinets! But I think this will cost quite much. But I really love it, not only a space saver, but it adds uniqueness to the whole house.