Universal Design Studio has launched its first cabin for the MINI LIVING Urban Cabin Tour.
Collaborating with MINI LIVING on the design of an experimental 15 square metre self-contained cabin conceived for urban living, the cabin is made from sustainable materials using cutting edge fabrication techniques. Transformation and reconfiguration are the core themes of the cabin which can fold out, extend and change form to suit each site and to incorporate it’s immediate surroundings to increase its footprint.
The LA Urban Cabin follows the same archetype as the other cabins, yet in each city, MINI Living work with a new architect to bring local knowledge of the urban context. FreelandBuck opened up a permeable courtyard space between two living areas where plants hang down from the roof and the sky is exposed through the timber frame wrapped with a bold graphic print.
The cabins will also be located in Tokyo and Beijing, each being adapted to suit native living cultures with the help of a local architect. The cabins will be installed during design festivals and will be inhabited by a rota of influencers who will eat, sleep and work in the temporary home.
Each cabin will be donated to a local community project as part of a legacy initiative.