A 600-square-foot apartment holiday home aboard the largest residential yacht on the globe. Drawing from New York architect MKCA’s expertise creating compact, multi-functional spaces in contemporary urban environments, the apartment is simultaneously adaptable, efficient, and strikingly elegant.
The residence serves as a holiday home for a couple and their grown children, transforming seamlessly from a spacious one-bedroom to a two-bedroom apartment through tables and beds that fold away and unfurl as necessary.
As a jumping off point for the project, the studio looked to Modernist architecture’s fascination with nautical design and cruise ships, which optimised for small-scale living, modular organisation, and efficiency. In particular, Le Corbusier’s belief that a home should be regarded as a “machine for living,” his own multifunctional apartment and atelier at the Immeuble Molitor, as well as his fascination with cruise ships as models for self-sufficient, utopian apartment complexes, like his famed 1952 Unite D’Habitation, offered inspiration.
The convertible layout of the apartment pulls from these concepts, enhanced by a streamlining and smoothening of its functional dimensions. Within the 600-square-foot space, MKCA has included two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, a dressing room, a sitting area, a trunk room, and a landing zone. When needed, the dining area converts easily into the second bedroom, with the dining table tucking into the wall to make way for a sleek cantilevered folding bed.
When converted into a two-bedroom space, a sliding screen divides the apartment, allowing privacy for guests. Two pod-like volumes, each containing private bath and storage areas, organise the apartment while retaining effortless movement through its common areas and from its front door to its broad, ocean-facing glass wall.