Could Literally Living in a Box be a Genuine Solution to Small-Space Living?

The Kammerspiel | © Julia Rotter
The Kammerspiel | © Julia Rotter
Photo of Charlotte Luxford
Architecture & Design Editor2 April 2017

As urban living accommodation becomes ever smaller, many of us are being crammed into tiny, uninspiring studio apartments with very little storage space on offer. However, as designers are becoming more savvy to this worldwide problem, they are coming up with innovative solutions to tackle the issue. One such creative is German designer Nils Holger Moormann, who’s just designed the Kammerspiel, which acts like a room within a room, offering much-needed space.

View of the Kammerspiel showing steps to bed and bike storage | © Julia Rotter

Moormann’s prototype design, which was built in collaboration with the B&O Group, offers an all-in-one unit that houses a bed, bike rack, reading nook, dining area, walk-in wardrobe and ample storage.

View of the Kammerspiel showing sofa and reading nook | © Julia Rotter
The Kammerspiel in use | © Julia Rotter

Moormann’s unit can be rearranged and customised with external modules to cater for individual needs, whether it’s a desk or storage room – there’s even space for a snowboard or skis if necessary.

View of the Kammerspiel showing lamp and customizable modules | © Julia Rotter
Man reading at the Kammerspiel’s kitchen table | © Julia Rotter

Every inch of space has been maximised, with storage built into the stair treads and underneath the reading nook, while the blackboard in the kitchen area cleverly folds down to become a dining table.

The Kammerspiel’s blackboard folded out to be a kitchen table | © Julia Rotter
The blackboard folded up | © Julia Rotter
The Kammerspiel’s storage space for snowboards or skis | © Julia Rotter
The Kammerspiel’s ample storage space | © Julia Rotter

Moormann is working towards serial production, but the Kammerspiel is currently still at prototype stage. Keep track on its progress on the website.

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