Spinning Wardrobe

S W Arch, London, 2009


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Wardrobe in use 

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  • Wardrobe in use    
  • Location plan    
  • Bedroom plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Axonometric of yellow bedroom    
  • Axonometric of bedroom    
  • Axonometric bed unit    
  • Design model    

Bedroom intervention inspired by the idea of the 'one room house'

'The Scarecrow' is a short comedy film by comedian Buster Keaton from 1920. In one of the opening scenes, Buster and Joe Roberts share a small 'one room house' filled with many space saving Rube Goldberg devices.

According to the architects, Buster Keaton and 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' were the main inspiration for the design of two boys' bedrooms, which required the room to be divided diagonally. By using this simple manoeuver each room has the feeling of space along the diagonal and there is no need for a corridor to the back room.

The dividing wall is actually a rotating wardrobe, giving the children the possibility to pass into the other room. If they wish to be left alone they can lock themselves away from the adult world by blocking off the entrance to both rooms. Both beds are built into the wall with flaps and doors to join or separate the two spaces.

The rooms are part of a wider refurbishment of the house that included a new loft, staircase and a furniture intervention to the ground floor hallway.


  • Begun: Nov 2008
  • Completed: May 2009
  • Floor area: 213m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £6,500
  • Procurement: Small project
  • Address: Borough of Brent, London, United Kingdom

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