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Casa Stella gains a guest room with the push of a button

Casa Stella gains a guest room...
Casa Stella, by Spain's PKMN Architectures, was completed earlier this year
Casa Stella, by Spain's PKMN Architectures, was completed earlier this year
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Following the All I Own House and Casa MJE, Spanish firm PKMN Architectures continues its Little Big House series with Casa Stella
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Following the All I Own House and Casa MJE, Spanish firm PKMN Architectures continues its Little Big House series with Casa Stella
Casa Stella is based in central Madrid and was created for Stella, her husband Michael, and their two children
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Casa Stella is based in central Madrid and was created for Stella, her husband Michael, and their two children
The family was considering building a new guest room and thus losing a great deal of space in their apartment
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The family was considering building a new guest room and thus losing a great deal of space in their apartment
PKMN Architectures had an interesting plan, and instead of permanently partitioning the home, the firm installed a large mechanical wall
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PKMN Architectures had an interesting plan, and instead of permanently partitioning the home, the firm installed a large mechanical wall
The new flexible guest room sports a pull-down bed
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The new flexible guest room sports a pull-down bed
The new room can also be used as a playroom
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The new room can also be used as a playroom
The large movable wall is operated by a wall-mounted switch
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The large movable wall is operated by a wall-mounted switch
With the push of a button, the wall moves 4.5 m (14 ft) across the floor
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With the push of a button, the wall moves 4.5 m (14 ft) across the floor
Architectural plan of the apartment
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Architectural plan of the apartment
Casa Stella, by Spain's PKMN Architectures, was completed earlier this year
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Casa Stella, by Spain's PKMN Architectures, was completed earlier this year
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For those who live in a small house or apartment, a dedicated guest room can take up far too much space to be practical. That said, putting guests on the couch isn't ideal either. PKMN Architectures gave its clients the best of both worlds with the recently-completed Casa Stella project, which boasts a moveable wall that creates a guest room at the push of a button.

Casa Stella is the third project in PKMN Architectures' Little Big House series, and follows in a similar vein to the All I Own House and Casa MJE. The project involved a novel renovation of a Madrid apartment for owner Stella, her husband Michael, and their children.

The pair regularly host visiting family members and were considering building a new guest room. Naturally, this would have reduced available living space, so PKMN Architectures instead chose to install a wall that automatically moves outwards to create an additional small room.

The new flexible guest room sports a pull-down bed
The new flexible guest room sports a pull-down bed

The system is based on an industrial unit, with the wall hanging down from rails built into a false ceiling. Once duly activated, the process takes 30 seconds to complete and the 400 sq ft (37 sq m) living space is separated into a smaller 160 sq ft (14 sq m) guest room and a reduced but still workable 240 sq ft (22 sq m) living space. Access to the former is gained by the apartment's terrace.

The new room features a pull-down bed for guests, and it also serves as a home office or kids playroom. The wall itself contains storage space, a pull-down desk, and a pull-down dining room table.

Check out the video below for more information on the project.

Source: PKMN Architectures

Casa Stella / Pequeñas Grandes Casas

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2 comments
nicho
This would only ever be used in reverse - a room/study normally and then all the stuff packed up and the room opened for a party.
the.other.will
There's offices with large rooms that can be subdivided with retracting fabric walls. Not as nice as the Casa Stella but surely much less expensive.