Space-Efficient Renovation in New York

Originally published in 
as 
The Unfolding Office

“A strategy of extreme density was required,” says Michael Chen of Normal Projects, 
who along with partner Kari Anderson handled the renovation of this Upper West Side apartment.

Project 
Unfolding House
Architect 

Teacher and resident 
Eric Schneider’s 450-square-foot space needed to be able to accommodate individual areas for cooking, storage, sleeping, entertaining, and, of course, working—
without filling the diminutive abode with furniture, or eliciting claustrophobia by chopping it into tiny spaces.

The simple and elegant solution was to knock down most of the apartment’s walls, and concentrate all of the living space’s functionality—kitchen storage, closet, bar, bed, lighting, and office—into a single transformer-like cabinetry unit. The result is a livable and open space that functions like a 
much larger apartment and workspace.

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