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Brief Published: 11 Dec 2012

The Barcode Room


With urbanisation a pressing concern the world over the topic of micro architecture remains a high priority for architects of all kinds.

With this in mind, Japanese architects Studio_01 has conceived a transformable studio apartment as part of a competition brief – run in conjunction with Tokyo Designers Week, held between October 30 and November 5 – to design a studio apartment space that could also double up as a gathering space.

Dubbed the Barcode Room, the project consists of a number of wooden modular walls, known as ‘bars’, which can slide across the apartment to help define space – creating rooms with different functions. 

Tenants are able to customise the space to suit their needs by using hidden storage and compartments within the bars. Each modular wall bar consists of 12 different components that can be removed or folded – releasing foldaway furniture including tables, chairs and beds. Depending on the arrangement of the components, the user is able to create internal windows within the space.

Studio_01 has designed this concept with an aim to also introduce it into the workplace and the public realm via galleries, stores and restaurants. 

For a deeper insight into how designers are making the most of small spaces, see Going Micro: The Art and Science of Designing Small Spaces and Filling the Voids: Architecture Between the Gaps.

See also YO! Home: Ultra Compact Living. 


Tokyo Designers Week