May, 2017


With the growing population and rising property rates in city locales, affordable housing has gone for a toss. The issue of sustainability and responsible use of resources gets largely sidelined due to the demand and speed of output. MINI pioneered the Mini Living, which ties up with firm to design futuristic urban spaces. This time they have teamed with SO-IL, New York based architects, to come up with a solution to address this problem and create affordable housing in various locations within a compact footprint.
This house first featured at the Salone Del Mobile 2017. The previously unused urban plot of 50 sq m, now features a modular metal frame for the basic structure and has a living area for three people.
The ground floor consists of the kitchen and eating space. The living spaces are spread out on the above 2 levels. Each level has a sleeping area, a potential wet area (The installation does not feature a fully functional bathroom whereas the real house seeks to be self-sufficient in this nature as well).The space is optimised with its minimal storage areas.

There is a roof garden at the north of the structure. The living areas are separated by light permeable walls made of translucent textile. One can see silhouettes of the person in the other room, creating a connectedness.
The space is open to the surrounding environment yet enclosed by mesh fabric, which provides users with a sense of privacy. Various types of furniture can be used in the house. A hammock would particularly add quirk against the backdrop of the white mesh fabric walls.
Mini Living shows how architecture can stimulate awareness. In the case of Breathe, the focus is on the essential resources of light, air, and water. Breathe also harvests rainwater at the top of the building for use, making the consumer reassess his use of resources. This house boosts the air quality in the urban microclimate with its special exterior coating that neutralises the air as well as its roof garden that improves air quality with its high oxygen producing plants.

The best part about this house is its ability to adapt to its context through a commutable exterior membrane. This feature makes the proposal uniquely humane.