Michigan designer Andrew Kline has designed a compact unit for transforming disused industrial spaces into temporary homes.
Called Interior Living Unit, the project comprises a kitchen, bathroom, bed and storage that all fold away into a cubic red box.
When folded away the surrounding room could be used as a work space or for public functions.
The cube breaks down into nine pieces for easy transportation to a new space.
Photographs are by James Carrillo.
Here's some more information from the designer:
The Interior Living Unit is composed of 9 pieces, sized to fit through standard doorways and be combined in the space within.
Centralizing the program requirements of a home, The Unit allows the surround space to be used for other purposes, such as workspace.
The Unit folds (closed) and unfolds (open) to reveal different functions when needed: a wardrobe, bed, kitchen, and bathroom.
When the Unit is folded the private program requirements of a home are removed and the surrounding space can be transformed for public uses.
For example: a yoga instructor could live in the same space in which he or she teaches.
These Units, utilized in vacant buildings, can build communities in hollow urban areas of post industrial cities, such as Detroit.
Once taken apart, the Unit is easily transported in a moving van and can be re-installed in another space, allowing the owner to take their home with them if they move.
This project challenges current platforms of living bringing the transportability of a trailer to the urban fabric; existing buildings in multiple cities can be readied for Units allowing owners to rent space for their home.
Mass customization allows users to personalize their Living Unit, building emotional connections, a sense of place and pride in contrast to many apartment projects with little character.
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