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The YO! Home of the Future

The groundbreaking YO! Home apartment prototype pushes the idea of the smart home into a science fiction inspired future.

Simon Woodroffe’s ingenious design turns a one-room apartment into four different spaces. At the press of a button, the living space transforms into a bedroom with a bed lowered from the ceiling, or into a dining area with a sunken table being revealed in the floor.


Pull a wall form a hidden recess to offer privacy to a guest, turn a desk around into a second bed or reveal a range of furniture completely hidden from view. Through a series of intelligently designed systems, an eighty square metre space is turned into a moveable, comfortable home.

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The YO! Home was designed by a carefully compiled team combining interior designers, yacht designers and engineers normally employed in the mechanics of stage scenery. The design draws on Woodroffe’s previous career in rock concert show stage design, his fondness for living in houseboats, as well his previous work on the compact YOTEL chain of hotels.

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Driven by a sense of invention and change, the YO! Home epitomises smart and daring design. Simon Woodroffe comments “The traditional city centre apartment has not been reinvented since its early format in the 18th Century”

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There would be little argument against the idea that the YO! Home concept is a huge reinvention. Offering what is essentially four times the space for the same cost as a one room apartment, the YO! Home concept is smart design at the forefront of its field.

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