2,5³ is a minimal living cube. Its inspiration reaches the 60´s and 70´s when many architects and designers were concerned about the idea of modular and mobile living structures and wanted to revolutionarize social canons. A negation of consumerism and the idea of contemporary nomadism has lead that time to various visionary concepts like modular micro-houses of Ken Isaacs, Joe Colombos multifunctional „total furnishing unit” or the „living cube“ concept of Papanek and Hennessey.
Since our studies we were fascinated by minimal living spaces and minimal forms of housing. Besides that this project was lead by our fascination for special, complex and specific forms or even archetypes of furniture with varying scales. We designed this 2,5mx2,5mx2,5m intimate, nomadic living space as an reinterpretaion of the „living cube“ of Papanek & Hennessey. The main difference to the original concept from the 70´s is that Papanek and Hennessey designed several cubes for particular functions, like a relaxation or a working cube.
In our concept the spacial idea that has dramatically changed by the use of notebooks, smart-phones and the web, play an important role. To shorten this, we just need less space, as there are less books, less paper, no fax, no television and so on. Another important aspect in our project is the cult of less movement. People that are counting their belongings and try to get under 500 and later under 100. Belongings seem to develop in metropolitan and contemporary culture to a form of balast and not anymore a way of showing wealth, status and success in live. We want to move, to travel, to take new jobs, be more independant. So we have also to minimize our belongings and habits. Out of this we have designed the multifunctional cube, it consists of a desk, that can be changed to a kitchen, a rolling cupboard, that can be unfolded to an eating table for two persons, a bed, a big cupboard for clothes, a mirror… a drawer. A special chair is designed for the height of the kitchen /desk and by folding them you can climb on top of the cube to have a different view and read a book. The whole cube can be closed with textiles to protect ones intimate space. The nomadic structure can be installed in about one hour.
materials: massive pine wood
dimensions: 270 x 270 x 270 cm
curator: Magda Poplawska
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