Fincube by Studio Aisslingera


Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger of Studio Aisslinger has completed a small mountainside mobile living unit in Ritten, Italy.

Top image is by Florian Berger
Above photograph is by Studio Aisslinger

Called Fincube, the house is glazed on all sides, affording views over the Dolomites, and clad in wooden louvres made of local timber.

The house has a small footprint of 2 square metres and is designed to be easily taken apart and rebuilt in a new location.

Renderings are by Steffen Joenicke except where stated otherwise.

The following information is from the designer:

A vision of temporary living

Ñatural high-techì is the concept of this new modular, sustainable & transportable low-energy house. Designed by Werner Aisslinger and developed with a South Tyrolian team, the FINCUBE was created 1200m above sea level near Bozen in Northern Italy, with a brilliant view of the famous Dolomite mountains. The hideaway-in nature nomadic housing concept is since recently exhibited as a prototype in Ritten, above Bozen.

Above photograph is by Studio Aisslinger

Sustainable Nomadic House:

Made entirely of local wood, the building provides 47 m≤ of living space with a minimal CO2 footprint: local suppliers and local crafts using local long-lasting and recyclable materials manufactured with the precision and care of tyrolese handwork. The FINCUBE is a materialized vision of a small housing unit with a long life cycle.

It can easily be dismantled and rebuilt on a new site, and even more important for nature hideaways: it requires minimum soil sealing - just 2 m2 that are easily re-natured after the FINCUBE is moved to another location.

Above photograph is by Hannes Meraner

Long-lasting Design:

The design is minimal, material-orientated, and in close touch with nature - the wooden space with a 360-degree triple glazing is furnished with a second facade layer, producing shade and giving the building a unique overall mushroom-like mono-shape.

Above photograph is by Hannes Meraner

The horizontal ledges give privacy to the FINCUBE and embed the building into forests, meadows, mountain sides or any nature resorts. The combination of long-lasting design and the option of changing its location after a while make the FINCUBE a flexible home or hideaway and a lifetime companion.

Above image is by Studio Aisslinger

Hospitality Vision:

Together with South Tyrolean hotelier Josef Innherhofer, the Fincube was also conceptualized as a vision for future hospitality: a temporary FINCUBE village with minimum soil sealing can be placed in the middle of the most beautiful landscapes without permanently altering them. In contrast to all permanent buildings it could be easily changed, extended, scaled down or removed and the area would soon be re-naturalized back to normal. These qualities turn the unit into an answer to future needs of flexible and smart tourism.

Above image is by Studio Aisslinger

Technology & Space:

Technology wise the FINCUBE is a smart house - all vital house-functions are controlled by a central touch panel. The supporting structure is made of local larch and the interior is a combination of larch & stone-pine. The 3m-high space is organized in a helical structure: the entrance area blends into a generous open kitchen with an adjacent sofa living space, around the corner one enters the bedroom and further down is the spacious bathroom.

Above image is by Studio Aisslinger

Design: Werner Aisslinger - Berlin .
Interior design: Tina Bunyaprasit, Studio Aisslinger .
Styling: Studio Aisslinger - Berlin
Investor: Josef Innerhofer - Bozen, Italy
Wood structure: Markus Lobis - Ritten, Italy
Interior finish: Matthias Prast - Ritten, Italy

Posted on Tuesday March 30th 2010 at 3:45 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Oh that is WAY COOL! I want one! I want one! That is one of the best little living units I’ve seen in a long time.

  • tanya telford – T

    saw a posting of this earlier –

    ………on a tricky day (like for me today, ) this sure looks tempting,

  • Zaedrus

    I generally like the layout and the detailing.
    I generally worry about bird nests and poop though too.

  • zaha h

    “The house has a small footprint of 2 square metres”

    amazing, looks much bigger actually

  • thumb’s up. I like the idea of a traveling mushroom house, but if it’s easy to dismantle, how do you transport it? doesn’t seem like your typical trailer/mobile home.

  • INawe

    the UFO has landed.

  • Michael

    What a lovely shaped seat!

  • gaque

    where are the stairs to walk up into it?

    its a nice design overall.

  • Now this something look like back to the future…do we now live like al lthe chicken house in the asian countries?

  • Fluent

    I’m not really sure on the ease of dismantling and constructing, but then again, I seem to want it to be a large caravan, haha. The footprint I think is minimal because it is hollow within the ‘stalk’ structure (?) Therefore, it’s only the width of the base-frame’s planks that are in contact… Very cool design.

  • gorgeous! im impressed!!

  • elmer

    I really like the design, although I wonder how it will stand up to the elements and what it will look like after a year or so, well worn in?

  • Rob

    love it.. can they do a version that clings round a tree?

  • Now That… I like!!!

  • S

    Brilliant work! the whole idea: sustainability, high tech and nomadic (dismantle-able) is just impressive! Love it!

  • It wouldn’t age well in an urban environment, would look bad quickly, but I think struck up in the woods like this it would be fine if it weathered. It’s essentially a forest cottage.
    Howabout septic and water hook ups?

  • Brilliant, amazing work ! Bravo !

  • wombo

    werner aisslinger is back! great work werner!

  • Shannon

    Where is the Sauna?

  • Peter Hughes

    LOVE IT!

    LOVE IT!

    LOVE IT!

    You should make it available as a flat-pack DIY house.

    I would definately buy one!

  • look at the official webpage!

  • Love the shape. The Concept great for Africa! Now move it please I want it Overlooking the Krueger Park.
    What about the sewage system? Will it be a sunken or will the house sit on it ?
    I am sure its not a far away outpost and if it is where does the water and electricity come from? Do I see a vineyard on pic 5?

    Show me this in a winter with 2m+ of snow especially near the Dolomite.
    Crashing in the solar panel roof ? Ok so you can shuffle the snow, I want to see that over the raised edge. See any flat roof there ?
    I go back yodeling to St.Johann /Tirol where I was raised and the average roof angle is at least 35degrees.

  • fi3er

    it looks quite nice, am wondering, do people actually buy these things? did people buy dimaxions? anybody has an idea how many of these or loftcube units has been sold? maybe its the right way how to make lotsa money while designing architecture, car-industry style…