Award-Winning Suite of Suitcase Rooms from Toshihiko Suzuki Architect
Another ingenious design for saving space comes from Toshihiko Suzuki Architect – 3 complete foldaway rooms: KENCHIKUKAGU.
The firm has won a well-deserved design award for the concept.
The shortest becomes a kitchen, the middle height one becomes a stowaway office, and the tallest is a guest bedroom. These instant rooms would be useful to anyone wanting to save space (and money!) by occupying the same space several times over.
This one is the bedroom. You could stack quite a few of these in an open space. I see this as a great way for a grandparent to stow a couple of extra bedrooms for grandchildren visiting a beach bach over the summer holidays.
It is also a great option for young renters on the go, an instant take-it-with-you bedroom for themselves, or to accommodate guests. The bed folds out easily in the middle from two parts.
Every guest needs a place to catch up with the world on their laptop. This tray folds down from the wall.
The bed does looks just a tad short for an adult, however. Maybe that is because it becomes too unstable if the head and the foot of the bed are pulled too far apart.
The middle sized “suitcase room” opens out like a shell to become an office.
These shelves could be made to stow permanently with another fold up piece in the front to make them bins.
The table is cleverly designed to fill both sides of the clamshell when closed. Astoundingly, the chair also fits inside when it is closed.
The kitchen is the most compact, which is good as it will be heaviest, because it includes a tiny fridge, a sink, and a cooktop.
For electricity, it plugs in to existing outlets.
It can be hard to find a recipe for guests when there’s only lemons and oranges in the house…
But if she does, the cooktop slides out, ready.
The cutting board slides away to reveal a sink. Hopefully this connects to a water supply (via two hoses?) for water in and water out…