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YO! Home represents a new frontier in city living

Wednesday, 28 November 2012 | By Michelle Hammond

start-up-idea-yo-homeAn 80 square metre flat that offers four rooms in one is set to shake up the property market.

 

Briton Simon Woodroffe’s one-bedroom flat, called YO! Home, reveals hidden rooms at the touch of a button, including a bedroom that descends from the roof, and a sunken lounge room.

 

The property includes a main bedroom suite, second bedroom, cinema, dining room, office, full-size kitchen, breakfast room, party room and even a wine cellar.

 

The YO! Home prototype is the culmination of seven years of design and development.

 

“I think homes help shape our lives. They are our refuge and our rock,” Woodroffe says.

 

“Since the invention of the city centre apartment, we’ve never really reinvented it. YO! Home is that new invention.”

 

“Twelve moving parts draw on a wealth of engineering technology taken from fields as diverse as yacht and automotive design, and the mechanics of stage production.”

 

“The technologies we have used are already established in car design, super-yachts and theatre – their application in the home is long overdue.”

 

Perhaps these technologies can be applied in other areas too. Can you think of any?