Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, Milan, Italy, 2017

Breathe is a housing prototype for the future living environment. It takes a holistic approach to sustainability. By making living an active experience, the installation shines a spotlight on environmental awareness and encourages visitors to confront our tendency to take resources for granted. This house eschews a traditional organization with rooms dedicated to specific functions for a composition of a loose stack of porous realms. The incarnation for Salone del Mobile 2017 creates an attractive living area for up to three people on a previously unused 50-square-meter urban plot.

A modular metal frame forms the basic structure of Breathe, and a flexible, light-permeable outer skin of purifying fabric creates the boundary between inside and outside. A total of six potential rooms and a roof garden provide space for domestic experience both collective and private. A variety of atmospheres are made through the manipulation of light, air and water.

Designed to be disassembled and reinstalled at other locations, the structure is mobile and adaptable. The fabric can be replaced to perform appropriately to a wide array of climates and environmental conditions.

 

Client
MINI Living

Location
Milan, Italy

Program
House prototype

Area
80 m² / 860 sf

Status
Completed April 2017

Team
Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou, Ian Ollivier, Pietro Pagliaro, Isabel Sarasa, Iason Houssein, Alvaro Gomez-Selles-Fernandez

Collaborators
Fabricator: Xilografia Nuova Srl
Photography: Laurian Ghinitoiu

Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, exterior view
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, view towards entrance
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, kitchen
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, living room
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, view towards upper floors
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, bathroom
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, bedroom and bathroom
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, interior detail
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, terrace view
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, exterior view
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, model
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, axonometric view
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, structural drawings
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, water collection diagram
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, ground floor plan
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, second floor plan
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, third floor plan
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, fourth floor plan
Breathe – MINI Living, Salone del Mobile 2017, fifth floor plan