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Creative use of space for futuristic housing

Faithful to its principles, the Mini car brand made a great demonstration of creative use in small urban spaces at the Milan Design Week 2017.

At its “Mini living. Breathe” installation in Via Tortona, 32, Milan, the firm displayed a house made of porous fabric that streched across a metal structure and protected from polution. According to Ilias Papageorgiou from SO-IL, the architectural firm in charge of the installation design: “The point is to connect people and people with their environment. We use projects like this as a platform for research into new ideas.”

The three-storey construction had an open public space as the ground floor that allowed visitors to pass through into the exhibition halls. The ground floor also integrated a shared kitchen. The first level comprised the living/sleeping rooms for the three occupants of the micro-neighbourhood and a shared bathroom. The top floor was a roof terrace that integrated several functions, such as an area to relax, means to do urban farming and energy collection.

The project emerged from the need to find new architectural typologies for housing with communal open spaces, sustainable materials and formats that turn passive buildings into active contributors and urban performers in a holistic manner. A proposal for boosting interaction between all the occupants of the micro-neighbourhood, impossible to achieve in a conventional private space.


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