11/12/2011 02:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Origami Apartment In Manhattan Unfolds Into 4 Rooms (VIDEO)

Meet one of the few people in New York for whom less is more. Third-grade-teacher Eric Schneider quadrupled the size of his modest 450-square-foot Manhattan studio, with help from architects Michael Chen and Kari Anderson of Normal Projects. They fitted the space with a large cabinet, home to walls, a bed, shelving and closets.

Calibrating every inch of available space, Chen and Anderson managed to squeeze four rooms out of the space, folding out of the center cabinet. The final studio apartment is complete with a bedroom, office plus library, a guest bedroom and a living room.

Schneider, who paid $235,000 for his studio, dropped 70K on the remodel -- not bad for a four-room apartment in Manhattan. This compartmentalized style of living, however, isn't new. Schneider's home has nothing on this Hong Kong apartment, which creates 24 different room options.