A Domestic Curio Box
A Home Visit with GARY CHANG, Architect and Founder, Edge Design Institute
As a teenager, Gary Chang lived in a 344-square feet apartment with six other people. The flat was partitioned into three bedrooms—one for his parents, one for his three younger sisters, and one rented out to a tenant. He slept on a mattress in the narrow hallway. While the others have moved out, Chang remains in his childhood home, investing over a million Hong Kong dollars to convert it into what he describes a 'domestic transformer." It is a 4 meter x 8 meter x 2.5 meter interactive space that can be transformed within minutes into 24 different layouts, demonstrating the flexible usage of an extremely tight space common in highly urbanized environments.
Gary Chang's commissions have included the Suitcase House in Beijing, Broadway Cinematheque in Hong Kong, and the recalibration of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. He was among the first Hong Kong architects to be presented at the International Biennial Exhibition of Architecture in Venice in 2000. The conversion is documented in his book, My 32M2 Apartment: A 30-Year Transformation. Chang graduated from the University of Hong Kong in architecture before setting up his own design firm.