My husband and I bought an armoire a few years ago from a consignments store. We fell in love with at first sight and it appeared to be worth every penny we spent on it (a couple of hundred dollars), but alas when the center right door fell off 3 weeks ago we began to wonder if there was a way someone could restore or recycle it for us. We never imagined turning our armoire into an apartment like Adam Norton did with his.
Today, while catching up on emails and newsletters (just had a baby so I'm a bit behind) I came across a Treehugger post, a few days old, introducing Australian artist Adam Norton's livable armoire. Not much is said about the armoire, but the pictures show enough detail of this innovative armoire apartment, called Generic Escape Capsule, to demonstrate its functionality. It appears this guy thought of everything when he designed the place.
A chair with a hole in it and a bucket underneath double up as a place to sit and a place to...well you know the rhyming word to that ending. The doors serve as bookshelves, a place to put toiletries and a place to put kitchen accessories Unless you open the doors (one would hope so considering the size of the place) the only outside view is through the white pipe periscope coming entering from the roof of the armoire. There is a wrench and a screwdriver on the back wall. There is even a place to cook the food. Notice the spam in the back corner? The kitchen/bathroom countertops lifts up to allow access to 3 drawers and comes back down to allow eating, brushing teeth and prepping meals. It's not exactly a sanitary place to live, but it would make do if there ever came a need to live in an armoire. Imagine what Adam Norton could do if he had more space to work with.
Though our idea of recycling the armoire was geared more towards fixing the armoire to use again as an armoire rather than making it into a livable space, I have to admit I find Adam Norton's idea claustrophobically genius. I don't know how his idea would ever come in handy, but it just goes to show how even the smallest of spaces can be made efficiently and "livable" and it proves trees don't always have to be cut down to make room for more.