Madrid accordion home: transforming walls get 5 rooms from 1

Yolanda Pila wanted to convert her grandparent’s forties-style tiny home on the outskirts of Madrid into something that would fit her more modern lifestyle, as well as an in-home design studio. At her invitation, PKMN architects redesigned the 50-square-meter (538 square feet) home using sliding shelving units to create rooms that expand and disappear depending on the time of day.

The movable modules are common in warehouses and commercial spaces (they are suspended from the ceiling on rails), but here the architects appropriated them as flexible walls for the different rooms in Yolanda’s home.

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  1. William Gilpin
    August 18, 2016

    How many Marriages would this have saved in America's zeal for remodeling? There is absolutely no wriggle room argument here, when it comes to the answered need for interior change. -gilpin 8-18-16

  2. Luxemburguista
    August 23, 2016

    No me gusta en absoluto. Es como vivir en una nave industrial, no hay la calidez ni la personalidad que una vivienda necesita para poder sentirla como tu hogar. Quizá podría ser útil en un espacio más pequeño de 25 o 30 m2 pero 50 m2 es más que suficiente para poder habilitar distintos espacios sin recurrir a esa cosa.

  3. Soy Waz
    August 28, 2016

    I'm learning Spanish and I'm glad that I can understand most of this without the subtitles

  4. Tsc Tempest
    September 1, 2016

    Awesome house, awesome idea.

  5. Rosario Chavarria
    September 6, 2016

    Una casa fabulosa con el uso muy creativo de paredes móbiles. Cuantos pies cuadrados tiene esa casa, cuanto costaría hacer algo asi?

  6. Carl Huffman
    September 8, 2016

    love the idea but a nicer wood would make a huge difference

  7. Manuel Veytia
    September 12, 2016

    yo pintaría los módulos de blanco, se verían mucho mejor y el espacio más luminoso, pero me encantó la idea!

  8. bradyspace
    September 20, 2016

    Been to a library like this. It has push buttons on the sides that can move multiple walls to unpack one hall.

  9. mikhaelis
    October 4, 2016

    Could've done better than particleboard for aesthetics….

  10. Ceil Constante
    November 3, 2016

    clever and nicely done but way to much work for my taste.

  11. PreyForForgiveness
    November 4, 2016

    I like the idea but they seriously need to paint the walls. the wood looks ugly

  12. Hamid S
    November 9, 2016

    Uh!! OSB the worst material you can you

  13. dysfrvr
    December 10, 2016

    53 sqm? thats actually big (opinion) :/

  14. Ivan Chang
    February 1, 2017

    I love the idea, but how do you support the rails if you just want it hanging off the ceiling and not supported by the walls? And what kind of rails are they using?

  15. nguyễn văn Hòa
    February 9, 2017

    can you give me the drawing?

  16. TheGranti7a
    February 11, 2017

    The other side of the house is then static. Why not set the module sections to move on intersecting tracks so, one can move sections of them out into the entire house?
    As she said, the designers had helped her set things up in this initial phase so the living could grow with her into the entire space in different ways. Like, perhaps eventually, making that enclosed outdoor space an external landscaped room that flows into the house, and vice versa. Choices- are the foundation supporting how we are different in the short, medium, and long terms of our lives! Nice model.

  17. iftar27
    February 21, 2017

    Muito bunito

  18. iftar27
    February 21, 2017

    Eu gostos

  19. Seff Ka
    March 9, 2017

    great concept, thank you for sharing!
    you may want to do something about those windows behind the structure though.
    I am surprised that you seems to like the wooden mess structure of those wooden boards especially for someone that organised ))
    for me it just looks as enormous amount of noise, overloading all the details and in combination with those small windows it looks a bit like a jail something instead of the home/architect studio, absolutely no offence meant.
    and, just a thought, the bead would perhaps feel to work a bit better if you make it facing the homing block instead of the wall with those mmm small windows if height permits it.
    I really admire what you did Yolanda and hope this house will bring only joy to your life.
    respect goes to PKMN also, I could only imagine how many constraints this transformation posed.
    again, thanks for sharing

  20. Zoraida Magana
    March 9, 2017

    Aww i liked the home before. What is the fascination with this OSB. I am sorry ,but it is not visually appealing. I respect your choice of interior design, and as long as it makes you feel good about your home, that is what matters. But honestly, I hope this is just a phase in your homes aesthetic.

  21. kirsten_ducky
    March 24, 2017

    I love what she was saying about how who we are changes day to day, so for her it's important that her space can do that too. It's cool that she has built a space she can make work for her. I also really liked what she said about not wanting to be a victim of the house. In a few of the more unique builds you see, it's clear that while the owners like the house, their life had to change to work around it. For Yolanda, her space was built to work around her life. Whether you like the style of the space or not, it's awesome she's found something that works so well for her.

  22. Allie K
    March 25, 2017

    Can't stand subtitles lol

  23. Aisha-Paulina Li
    April 5, 2017

    Love the kittens! They are so cute!

  24. Anne
    April 17, 2017

    They need to paint that OSB. It doesnt look right.

  25. Kent Bey
    April 23, 2017

    Interesting ………………….

  26. GnosticGrower
    April 24, 2017

    Wait, what if your guests have to use the restroom??

  27. montes40
    May 9, 2017

    they ruined this house

  28. fresita kpop
    May 16, 2017


  29. S Mil
    May 17, 2017

    i want to see a detailed display of the storage though… and not the wheeling of the boards and compartment "walls' a thousand times….

  30. jcrowley1985
    May 30, 2017

    So you're doing dishes in the kitchen and suddenly have to take a shit. Gotta move all those compartments out of the way.

  31. Lisa Kilmer
    June 14, 2017

    I have seen this concept in a tiny apartment in NYC (also on YT somewhere) – the walls were all finished in a smooth white surface. It was cold, but better than the rough OSB. The design is very good for the client– a live/work studio in which the living spaces can be hidden away. I was disappointed that we never saw how the non-moving part of the house is integrated with the moving walls. I think there was a flash of a sofa, but …

  32. Ethicaly
    June 17, 2017

    They could choose much lighter material for the modules of course more aesthetics. It is too garage-like

  33. Ravnurin
    July 2, 2017

    Jesus, that's loud. I would hate to be their neighbor.

  34. Oscar Hidalgo
    July 13, 2017

    y si uno quiere cagar y otro comer?

  35. Agata Chojnacka
    July 16, 2017

    La idea mala no es, obviamente, pero es que no me gusta la casa. Será por el aglomerado, no sé. Todo parece un desorden sin pies ni cabeza. O un almacén, como si dijéramos.

  36. chula chalupa
    August 6, 2017

    Brilliant concept! Very flexible design which can be adapted for each persons priorities.

    Plenty of latitude so that several rooms can be accessed at the same time (i.e. bedroom and bathroom for nighttime configuration).

    Have worked in radio and tv stations that used similar track system. The media storage units were metal, instead of wood, due to very heavy weight of thousands of tapes. Even so, they could easily be moved with (literally) one finger.

    The sheer volume of available storage, in this application, is enviably magnificent!

    While I personally would have used high grade plywood as well as stain grade trim on the end units, aesthetic choices vary tremendously. Indeed, truly "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

    Kudos to Yolanda Pila, PKMN, and Kirsten, for this idea-inspiring video! I am saving it for future reference!

  37. Emiliano Xocoyotzin
    August 31, 2017


  38. summoner2100
    September 25, 2017

    You have to keep moving literally every piece of furniture. That's a terrible design…

  39. A.L. Sheehan
    October 4, 2017

    that looks like a work out.

  40. Paula Barrocas
    October 17, 2017

    The noise would kill me.

  41. bluedance lilly
    November 7, 2017

    Creative, but not for me. Too much juggling. And, in the end, there's no where to sit that feels cozy. Not a fan of the big long wall of closets that is so common in tiny houses.

  42. Miguel angel Calderon
    November 10, 2017

    Dios mio que estrés estar mueve y mueve modulos . Que feo

  43. Gokmen Binici
    November 16, 2017

    güzel olmamış.

  44. Guy Mats
    November 26, 2017

    The constant moving of the walls would get old after awhile.

  45. Marianne Lottes
    December 2, 2017

    it''s very playful . being in a different space all the time . i like it . do your cats get confused ?

  46. Anna-Lisa Girling
    December 3, 2017

    I hate the cheapness the use of OSB brings to the project.  And, that material outgassed volatile chemicals from the glue used in its creation.  For maybe $1500 more, some nicer material could be used.  It's just another triumph of concept over livability.

  47. Donna 98
    December 3, 2017

    You can see straight into the toilet. They said you can minimize the view (or something to that effect) I wouldn't like to visit there where people can see into the bathroom. This is not the way forward for me.

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