Study of a basic residential unit is nothing new in the history of architecture, but the theme is definitely back in the spotlight today in view of the current world situation with large numbers of migrants and emergencies linked with natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. A team including architectural studios OFIS, C+C, C28 and AKT created a freestanding flexible timber house that can be adapted to requirements and exhibited it at Milano Design Week 2017.
Living Unit was presented to the public at Fuorisalone through an installation at Parco Sempione in Milan. The unit’s small size facilitates transportation and installation. The basic version can house two people and includes beds, a wardrobe, and a table and chairs, also permitting installation of a bathroom and a small kitchen. To create a larger home for a family or a group of 4-6 people, several units can be joined together horizontally or vertically, such as the three-unit model put together for Fuorisalone.
Living Unit is a complete temporary home that can be used as an emergency shelter, a holiday home, or to meet other requirements. It can easily be adapted to different soil conditions, is anchored to the ground with steel anchors or concrete blocks, and leaves the site practically unaltered when taken away. The interiors are designed to be flexible, permitting modification to customise them for different uses. In the same way, the façade elements can have different finishes or be made of a variety of materials, such as timber, aluminium and glass.
OFIS architects: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Janez Martincic, Andrej Gregoric, Tomaž Cirkvencic, Sara Carciotti, Viktoria Dimitrova, Jose Navarrete Jimenez, Lucas Blasco Sendon
C+C: Claudio Tombolini, Cristiana Antonini
C28: Francesco Sforza, Federico Pasqualini, Antonello Michelangeli
Structural Engineering: AKT Hanif Kara, Carlo Diaco
Structural Engineering for foundation and local structural support: Projecta d.o.o., Milan Sorc
Contractor: Permiz d.o.o., Bostjan Perme
Location: Milano, Italy
Images: Janez Martincic