Simon Woodroffee wasn’t through with his Yo-deling after the launch of his Yotel Air and Yotel Urban Locations, the founder decided to add Yo! Home to his portfolio of small, but perfectly appointed apartments. Just 40 square meters (430.5sf), these units possess all that you would expect a posh city pad to have; a kitchen, bathroom, dining room, and living room. Ample storage too.
Drawing from the same inspiration that brought Yotel to the market – an overnight flight to London tucked into the cozy confines of a British Airways first class sleeping pod – Simon got his bright idea. Little can be simply lovely, and he set about proving it. Now with the help of Glenn Howells Architects, Manchester, England is in the approvals stage for its own Yo! Home. This stackable building complex will be largely prefabricated off-site, in the quality controlled environment of a warehouse. This approach, in and of itself, is cost savings, and increases the quality of the end product as you don’t suffer the indignities of winter conditions, manpower shortages, and sequencing difficulties. Just assemble, and slide onto the truck for delivery!
I have seen a lot of small spaces of late. The U-Hu (Boston’s road show of a solution to micro apartments), tiny houses on wheels, Ori (MIT Media Lab’s high-tech apartment in an amour), these are all steps in the right direction. Densification is a hot topic, because frankly the population is getting hot under the color over the lack of affordable housing, and that has to change. The question has long been, “how do you make a little slip of a space desirable?” How do you make it cool, sought after, coveted? Yo! Home just might be the answer.
When I first saw the renderings, and watched the video about how these spaces transform into a flat (you know, the word for an English Studio) – I have to admit I thought about Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk. I should say that I love this movie. 1959, a time when a girl was taken on a proper date, when men dressed for dinner, and Doris Day had suitors that bought her cars to try and win her affection. I’m thinking about this because it’s time for a new car, and that little grey Mercedes with its red interior, that she turned down … hello. At any rate, no one is currently offering to buy me a new car, so I can’t possibly know whether or not I would turn it down because its offer is so highly inappropriate. Is it so wrong to want the opportunity?
Rock Hudson had a bachelor pad to beat all bachelor pads. His sitting area converted to a bedroom, lights dimmed on command, music popping out from behind hidden panels. A perfect modern wood wall suddenly reveals a cocktail bar, and Manhattan’s are served. So is the case with Yo! Home. The king size bed drops from the ceiling concealing the sunken living room, the dining table drops down into the floor and is covered over for safety. The kitchen is revealed from behind glossy fold away doors. Underfloor storage offers what us Feng Shui enthusiasts dream of – a place to hide away the clutter that is destined to keep us from realizing our full potential.
Yo – can you feel me when I say, if these baby’s make their way to Boston, even at the conversion rate of 150,000 Euro, I’ll take one. It could be the suitor for whom I’ve been waiting.