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Flexible apartment meets family's changeable needs

Flexible apartment meets famil...
Casa MJE was constructed between March and July, 2014
Casa MJE was constructed between March and July, 2014
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Architectural drawing of Casa MJE
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Architectural drawing of Casa MJE
Architectural drawing of Casa MJE
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Architectural drawing of Casa MJE
Architectural drawing of Casa MJE
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Architectural drawing of Casa MJE
The idea is, when the whole family visits from Mexico, they can split the apartment into several smaller private spaces
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The idea is, when the whole family visits from Mexico, they can split the apartment into several smaller private spaces
If there's just a couple of people home, the apartment can be be arranged into one studio with a large living space
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If there's just a couple of people home, the apartment can be be arranged into one studio with a large living space
Movable walls, Murphy-style beds, and pull-out dividers create smaller units
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Movable walls, Murphy-style beds, and pull-out dividers create smaller units
One floor plan involves separating the house into a bathroom, kitchen, three small lounge areas, and two bedrooms
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One floor plan involves separating the house into a bathroom, kitchen, three small lounge areas, and two bedrooms
Casa MJE was constructed between March and July, 2014
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Casa MJE was constructed between March and July, 2014
Casa MJE was constructed between March and July, 2014
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Casa MJE was constructed between March and July, 2014
Located in Northwestern Spain, Casa MJE is part of PKMN Architectures' Little Big House series
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Located in Northwestern Spain, Casa MJE is part of PKMN Architectures' Little Big House series
Thanks to its clever movable walls and folding furniture, the home can serve as an apartment with two bedrooms, one bedroom, or no bedrooms at all
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Thanks to its clever movable walls and folding furniture, the home can serve as an apartment with two bedrooms, one bedroom, or no bedrooms at all
The movable units are set on wheels and guided by rails
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The movable units are set on wheels and guided by rails
Pull-down beds create bedrooms when required
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Pull-down beds create bedrooms when required
Moving the furniture units
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Moving the furniture units
Moving the furniture units
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Moving the furniture units
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Casa MJE (short for María José and Enrique), by Spanish firm PKMN Architectures, is a flexible vacation home that aims to ensure every last inch of space is made available to its owners. Featuring clever movable walls and folding furniture, the apartment can be configured to offer two bedrooms, one bedroom, or no bedrooms at all.

Located in Northwestern Spain, Casa MJE is part of PKMN Architectures' Little Big House series, which also includes the All I Own House. Indeed, superficial differences in decor aside, the two homes are really very similar, and both feature moveable wall units on wheels that are guided by rails.

Casa MJE comprises a total of 70 sq m (753 sq ft) in floorspace. The idea is, when the whole family visits, the movable wall units, Murphy-style beds, and pull-out dividers are used to create multiple small spaces. If there are just a couple of people home, the apartment can be arranged into a studio flat. Finally, if it's time for a party, all the bedrooms can be removed in favor of a single large space.

One floor plan involves separating the house into a bathroom, kitchen, three small lounge areas, and two bedrooms
One floor plan involves separating the house into a bathroom, kitchen, three small lounge areas, and two bedrooms

"The house has three positions and a house with two bedrooms, one bedroom or none of them," says PKMN Archtectures. "In that way, housing becomes a place to hold a big party for younger [people] or a loft space when María José and Enrique are alone."

You'd think that it would be hard work to move walls, but the family members appear to manage the process easily enough in the video below.

Casa MJE was constructed between March and July, 2014.

Source: PKMN Architectures via Arch Daily

CASA MJE / Pequeñas Grandes Casas

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2 comments
Bob Flint
The family isn't doing much, nothing really realistic clutter in or on any surfaces, clothes, food, and power, lighting, water distribution? Is this all fantasy, and we just always play? Where are the games, pets? not to mention everyone must agree to where the main walls go, if they want to do individual things, or have some privacy as the adults might want, as the younger kids should be asleep in bed. Good luck with trying to keep everything spotless white & clean with all the dragging of walls, and casters. Spend most of your time shuffling stuff around and trying to decide the layout that suits your present need, "just stick the baby in that cupboard for now till we move the walls around for feeding and then changing, bath time...etc...
JohnMorton
I really like this flexible floorplan idea. I've seen different versions, including from Japanese architects. Increasing building efficiency through adaptable rooms makes for smaller total area thereby giving more affordability for quality materials (eg sound proofing).
How many households have 1 or 2 residents but want to cater for others for a small minority of days every year? The rest of the time larger rooms improve how a small home feels.

John Morton