BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is known for designing some of the most stunning modern buildings like VIA57 in Manhattan and 8 House in Copenhagen. But a new luxury rental in Harlem by the architecture firm features several apartments with futuristic interiors.
The Smile is the first building in New York City to outfit some of its apartments with Bumblebee Spaces' modular furniture system. And what makes it so unique is that it's created using a sophisticated robotic system affixed to the ceiling allowing furniture to lift and drop from the ceiling.
Designed by former Apple and Tesla engineers, Bumblebee's modular furniture system creates interactive surroundings using cubic space rather than relying solely on square footage. With the push of a button, a resident can access stow-away storage, a bed, a desk, and a wardrobe tucked away out of view. It's built into a ceiling-mounted grid that can hold several tons of weight, allowing the furnishings to come and go when you need or want to use it. In an instant, you can transform a small space from a bedroom to an entertainment area.
What's more, is that artificial intelligence works to learn from your behavior and will be able to interpret your needs. Yes, it can remember where you put your favorite items—looking for your glasses, scarf, or umbrella on a rainy day? Don't worry; Bumblebee remembers where you put it all. Thanks to Siri connectivity, you can simply say you're ready for yoga or bed, and the robotic furniture will adjust accordingly.
Besides the unique furniture system available in some of the apartments, The Smile also features top-notch amenities. Units boast European cast poured floors, exposed concrete ceilings, stainless steel cabinetry, and white Caesarstone countertops that mesh with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group's sleek concrete exterior. Community amenities include a rooftop pool, gym, and spa.
Residences at The Smile range from open studio lofts to 2 bedrooms.