Imagine a house where walls slide away with a gentle push, a dining room table appears from a compartment in the floor, and a plush king-size bed lowers from the ceiling.
While it may sound like a scene reminiscent of a science fiction film, thanks to YO! Sushi founder, Simon Woodroffe, these affordable apartments could soon revolutionise the way we live.
Labelled as the ultimate space-saving apartment, the YO! Home is designed to squeeze a bed, kitchen, lounge, dining area and bathroom into a one bedroom studio flat – but of course, with a futuristic twist.
The apartment, which is at present only a prototype, is designed to maximise space with hidden features appearing at the touch of a button. Here the dining room emerges from a hatch in the floor with the space doubling up as legroom
In this prototype the table is tidied away and a king-size bed lowers from a hidden compartment in the ceiling, using sensors to keep the homeowner safe
The compact home is marketed at urban dwellers – who may be disheartened by the lack of space in city centres – and makes the most of the room available with hidden storage, hatches in the floor and concealed furniture.
With space at a premium and funds for home buying severely limited by the global recession, these apartments are designed to give people maximum value for money.
They are being hailed as a completely new concept for compact living and aim to attract buyers of all ages and backgrounds.
The design is a prototype at present with the first homes earmarked for Manchester, with planning due to take place next month. The apartments will later be rolled out to cities all over the UK and the rest of the world.