UKCW 2018

NEC BIRMINGHAM   09-11 OCTOBER 2018

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A team of architects and engineers led by Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti has designed and built a prototype modular house suited to a variety of locations, climates and terrains.

Installed in Parco Sempione for Milan design week, the Living Unit is a collaboration between architecture studios OFIS, C+C and C28, engineering firm AKT and contractor Permiz.

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The concept is for a flexible and adaptable module that can be combined in different configurations, to create holiday homes, tree houses, research cabins or simple shelters.

The modules can be stacked vertically – as shown by the prototype – or horizontally to suit a variety of environments and weather conditions.

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The structure follows a series of similar OFIS projects, which have seen the studio install modular cabins on Slovenia's Skuta Mountain, and Mount Kanin on the Slovenian-Italian border.

"Living Unit is a continuation of our research of small habitations in extreme environments," said OFIS. "[It] can be used for different purposes and be placed, temporary or permanent, on different sites and contexts."

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The basic unit measures 2.5 metres wide, 4.5 metres long and 2.7 metres high. It is designed to work as a single cell, with enough room inside for a bed, kitchen and bathroom.

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The prototype has a wooden frame, reinforced by plywood boards on both sides. It can be finished in a variety of claddings depending on its use.

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"The material promotes the use of wood, a natural, ecological and human-friendly material," said OFIS.

"The facade and interior treatment can be changeable and flexible, so the unit in its material and finishing can be used in various site contexts."

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Ljubljana-based OFIS Arhitekti is led by architects Rok Oman and Spela Videcnik. The studio ranked at number 170 in the inaugural Dezeen Hot List – a countdown of the most newsworthy figures and companies in architecture and design.

Source: DeZeen

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