Say YO! to a New Concept of Living

Posted by // December 13th, 2012 // Product Design No Comments »

The YO! company is well known in the United Kingdom for its chain of popular YO! Sushi restaurants. Its next business venture was YOTEL, a growing chain of four hotels that takes inspiration from Japanese capsule hotels. This September founder Simon Woodroffe introduced a new idea at the 100% Design exhibition at Earl’s Court, London. YO! Home is a futuristic concept that fits multiple spaces and functions into a typical one bedroom apartment measuring eighty square metres.

Hidden spaces in the ceiling, walls and floor help to conceal furniture and can change the purpose of a space. For example in the photograph below one can see how the living room transforms into a bedroom with the bed lowering down from the ceiling to cover the sunken seating area. In total there are twelve moving parts that take inspiration from the way background scenery of a theatre stage can move around.

The prototype adapts to provide two bedrooms, an office, one bathroom, two living spaces, a cinema, kitchen and even a wine cellar. Rooms can be adapted through the use of partitions to give the inhabitants room to manoeuvre. Japanese culture has clearly influenced this new YO! development with small central apartments requiring new techniques to make the most of their limited space.

This first concept has been built at a cost of £300,000 and might be considered a risky investment given the radical change of housing that it proposes. However with the continual movement of people to urban areas, the utilisation of space will only grow in importance. Woodruffe believes that the construction of a Yo! Home would only cost between five and fifteen percent more than a regular apartment, meaning that this far more functional home would not be limited to just a wealthy clientele but almost all members of society.

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