Casa MJE – A Small Apartment From Mexico with Rotating Walls

This apartment in Mexico features a number of unique storage solutions that allow rooms to be transformed from one use to another. It’s been designed by local architecture firm PKMN Architects as part of their “Little Big Houses” initiative. This project has been named Casa MJE.


Little Big Houses - PKMN - Mexico - Rotating Wall - Humble Homes

The Little Big Houses initiative is aimed at maximising the living spaces of small residential properties. This apartment has been designed for a couple, Maria Jose and Enrique, so spend much of their time travelling throughout Europe.


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The apartment acts as a home not only to Marie and Enrique, but also their extended family, making it necessary to provide the space with the ability to add a few extra bedrooms. PKMN address this need by incorporating several wall-beds into the partition wall/storage units.


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Another feature of the home is the central rotating storage unit. It can be used to redefine the rooms, for example it can create an extension of the living room, or be swivelled 90 degrees to create a more private space for use as a bedroom. The living room wall is also rotatable for a similar effect.

Little Big Houses - PKMN - Mexico - Wall-Beds - Humble Homes

Due to the rotating walls being placed toward the center of the floor plan, other areas like the kitchen, bathroom and closets can be found along the perimeter walls. The kitchen is a simple galley set-up, and lies adjacent to the bathroom, allowing the designers to house the plumbing in a central location.

Little Big Houses - PKMN - Mexico - Living Floor Plan - Humble Homes

Casa MJE is lit by a series of floor to ceiling windows and patio doors that lead out to a number of small verandas. The natural light combined with the white furnishings and walls help create a very bright, minimalist interior.

For more apartments check out this 55 square meter apartment in Tel Aviv. Or, Batipin Flat which also makes use of hide-away furniture and multifunctional rooms. See all apartments.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Javier de Paz García

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. I definitely like the features of having your beds in the walls or turning things around in various rooms as either storage or a bed. I definitely would like to see the other features in the place and more color. More muted colors, softer, -blues, aquas, purples, greens. This would make it more soothing.