Mobile Walls Transform Home Into Office – Switch Flat Tokyo

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To avoid paying Tokyo rents for office space, architect Yuko Shibata created moving walls that allow her to switch between home and office.

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At the equivalent cost of 3 months of office rental, or about $7000, Shibata created a morphing home/office she calls “Switch”.

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Inspired by fusuma, the sliding paper screens used to divide rooms in traditional Japanese homes, Shibata created sliding bookshelves to divide and transform the rooms.

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One partition wall, weighing 750 kilograms (1450 pounds), moves easily on rollers switching the main space from dining room into a meeting room plus separate library.

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To open up her study and bedroom, she cut a hole in the wall and installed another mobile bookshelf wall that pivots out to create a two-room workspace/library plus a partitioned bedroom.

By leaving the structural walls and plumbing intact, the project was very affordable while extending the functional space.

VIAKirsten Dirksen
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