The German architect is the creative director of MINI LIVING, an initiative launched in 2016 by car manufacturer MINI to explore the use of small spaces in urban environments. After presenting a shared housing concept by Japanese architecture firm ON Design at the Salone in 2016, MINI LIVING collaborated with British architect Asif Khan at the London Design Festival last September on the implementation of three temporary, plant-filled pavilions that served as spatial supplements to the nearby apartments.
Turning the entire façade into a giant window, the translucent textile gives the compact spaces an open, spacious character. Over the course of the day the experience changes dramatically, with alterations in the light, temperature, and shadows. Breathe reconnects you to the environment and allows you to become more aware of it – of the air you breathe, the sunlight on your skin, and the water you consume – while you’re in it. In a world that is constantly evolving, why should our homes remain the same?” poses Hauser.
Instead of creating isolated zones, new forms of community and cohabitation are being tested. “The traditional house is built around the lifestyle of the nuclear family, and still exists today. But now there are many more relationships between families and friends that are not addressed in a classic house with solid walls”, Papageorgiou adds. Although the shape of the building responds to the specific site in Milan’s Via Tortona, the concept is very adaptable.
Read more about the MINI LIVING Breathe project in the upcoming DAMNº62!
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