How would a Swiss Army knife Old silo now spaceship-esque tiny home 2 weeks ago   25:42

Kirsten Dirksen
All of the furniture and rooms in Leonardo Di Chiara’s tiny house fold, swing and pivot into the walls so when closed the space is absent of color, like a whiteboard perfect for the creative process of a young architect. Calling it aVOID in reference to the hollow shell it can morph into, Di Chiara says it’s more aspirational than a reflection of his not-yet-hyper-minimalist lifestyle,

He wanted an uncluttered lifestyle but he also wanted to be mobile and to live in a big city. His solution, to build a row house on wheels. Di Chiara has currently wedged his row house between two tiny houses on the campus of the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin where Van Bo Le-Mentzel, designer of the "one square meter" house, has organized a tiny living experiment.

Di Chiara hopes to continue the experimenting when he moves to Milan. His idea is to create a prototype for a Migratory Neighborhood that could be replicated across Europe so urban nomads like himself could find temporary places to park their homes in schools (during the summer), parks (in winter), abandoned lots, etc. He sees it as a win win for cities eager to keep eyes on the street in isolated or temporarily unused parts of town.

aVOID Tiny House on Tour - 8000 km from Berlin to Rome:
Leonardo’s tiny-living on Instagram:
Migratory Neighborhoods and other news (Leonardo is currently collecting information from those interested in joining him):

Leonardo's collaborators:
DMM (metal covering and kitchen top), Makte (wood), Häfele (furniture hardware), iGuzzini (lights), Bosch (battery and home appliances), Omar (trailer), Giommi (windows making), Schüco (windows products), Gessi (taps and sink), BTicino (electric plugs), Noctis (mattress and pillows), Mottura (curtains), FG Arredamenti (carpenter for interior), Subissati (wooden structure), Faber (induction stove and kitchen hood), Legnotech (structure construction), ICA (bio paintings), Ambivalent (foldable chairs), G.R. (electrician), Vitrifrigo (fridge), Al-Ko (trailer equipments), Se.Pa (mirror and lamp next to bed), Fratelli Guzzini (plates, cutlery, etc), Alluflon (pans pots coffee machine), Beltrami (sleeping bag, towels, etc).

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moose boy
The closet,..... bathroom closet, lord, don’t fart.
jim jimjim
A wooden shower?.... Wouldn't that eventually rot the wood?
Loyid Jose
Where is my mobile phone?!!!

Don't worry

Lets buy a new one ;D
his 2 person bed rollout is more like a single murican.
he's so pretty
Not Arleigh
I really want those flat chairs omg
Living like a BIRD :)
Abbi Choa
I don't think it is possible to park everywhere to live(?)
Maricella Wright
Loved everything, except of the color. I woul paint the walls in a more warm colors
Lawrence Yang
It's almost a perfect tiny house. Craftsmanship is just incredible.
Не ален делон, Но все ж
Extremely imaginative! The top in minimalist living ! Bravo 🎉
Steve Rundle
At Expo in Canada, there was an Italian designer for “Habitat”. In Arizona,an Italian designer for “Arcasante” FYI!
Sérgio David
One of the best i ever saw
Sergey Mashkov
too extreme, there's too much work involved to do simple tasks. and who wants to stare at blank walls all the time?
I like that it’s like a puzzle and it would be fun for a short while, but... it feels too cold and sterile.
Lige Nyodu
Did he just say yu-rban?
Rubina Merchant
Promoting travelling with your tiny house would then become "Modern Day Caravans".
Pipo Popi
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Old silo now spaceship-esque tiny home How would a Swiss Army knife 2 weeks ago   27:11

After two years of living in a camper with his young daughter, architect Jan Körbes wanted something better suited to their active lifestyle, so he decided to realize a longtime dream of turning a grain silo into a microhome. With the help of his team at REFUNC, specialists in creative recycling, they bought an old grain bin from a farmer and set to work making it habitable.

Working with a footprint of 4m2 (43 square feet), the group started by adding floors to the space. The final home is 3 stories and includes a climbing wall as sole means of reaching the top floor bedroom. The middle floor includes a kitchen, toilet and shower.

The crew built out the final space of 13m2 with a budget of about $27,000 and lots of recycled items (including floor, ceiling and paneling). The home, an experiment in mobile living (it’s already moved once) dubbed "Silo City", fills in REFUNC’s portfolio of recycled microarchitecture which includes a mobile shelters made from shrink-wrap, pallets, a retired ski gondola and shipping containers and wind turbine blades.

“This is an example of an object which is industrial which after a certain lifespan is not used any longer,” explains Körbes. “And this is when we come in. So we analyze objects which could become microarchitecture, for example this grain silo it’s actually a perfect size for a mini, mini, mini house.“

*Photo credits: Ishka Michocka, Christian van der Kooij, Jan Korbes

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