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Milan Design Week 2017 | Inhabits: micro-architecture prototypes at Parco Sempione

Place: Milan, Country: Italy

Prototypes for sustainable minimal housing units and small pavilions, proposing new ways to live the urban space, are on view at the first edition of Inhabits – Milan Design Village.

The event, which takes place from April 4 through 9 in Piazza del Cannone at the Parco Sempione in Milan, presents 5 housing units, called Living Units, designed by Italian and international teams.
The event is organized by Re.rurban Studio, founders of Zona Santambrogio Design District, together with Killer Kiccen, and with the support of the Municipality of Milan and ADI – Italian Design Association.


M.A.DI.  – timber construction system

M.A.DI. is a construction system, conceived by architect Renato Vidal and produced by Area Legno.
Its key-points are the simplified assembling process and a structure which doesn’t require foundations.
The system allow to built a highly sustainable building in few hours. The modular units are earthquake-resistant and can be used to create houses, emergency shelters, tourist accommodations, and public centers.

M.A.DI. sustainable housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 01

M.A.DI. sustainable housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 02

M.A.DI. sustainable housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 03

The M.A.DI. housing unit; photos © Inexhibit, 2017


Wunderbugs – interactive ecosystem pavilion

Conceived by OFL Architecture and curated by Francesco Lipari, Wunderbugs ia an interactive pavilion.
Inside it, there are six interactive ecosystems equipped with an Arduino micro-controller, and an array of light, proximity, temperature, and movement sensors which measure, elaborate, and convert into music the main vital signs of plants and insects. The pavilion was installed for the first time at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome during the second edition of Maker Faire Europe.

Wunderbugs ecosystem pavilion Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 01

Wunderbugs ecosystem pavilion Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 02

Wunderbugs ecosystem pavilion Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 03

The Wunderbugs pavilion; photos © Inexhibit, 2017


Omnia Mobile-Tiny House – dwelling unit and emergency shelter

Designed by Studio Dedalo, Omnia Mobile-Tiny House can be used to fill unused spaces, such as flat roofs and residual urban lands.
Conceived to communicate and share information with other similar houses, the dwelling unit can be easily removed and transported elsewhere, making it suitable for installation in protected natural areas or to be used as emergency shelter.

Omnia Mobile-Tiny House.housing unit and emergency shelter Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit

The Omnia Mobile-Tiny House dwelling unit and emergency shelter; photo © Inexhibit, 2017


SURI – emergency housing unit

SURI (shelter units for Rapid Installation) is an emergency housing unit to be installed in war zones and disaster areas.
Produced by Spanish manufacturer Suricatta System, the housing unit provides a decent dwelling, good living conditions and comfort, and natural lighting and ventilation. Thermal insulation is achieved through an array of containers, which are filled with sand and hung to the external walls. Thanks to solar panels and a rainwater recycling and purification system, SURI is energetically self-sufficient.

suri emergency shelter

View of the SURI emergency shelter installed


Living Unit – modular house

Living Unit is the outcome of a research project – developed by OFIS, C+C, C28, and AKT II in collaboration with Permiz – aimed to create a self-supporting flexible housing unit suitable for installation in different contexts, climatic conditions, and terrains.
The basic unit, which can accommodate 2 people, includes a double bed, a closet, a table , and chairs with the possibility to install a bathroom and a small kitchen. If necessary, 2 or more units can be combined and grouped either vertically (as at Parco Sempione) or horizontally.

Living Unit modular housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 05

Living Unit modular housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 04

Living Unit modular housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 02

Living Unit modular housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 03

Living Unit modular housing unit Milan Design Week 2017 Inexhibit 01

Interior and exterior views of the Living Unit modular house; photos © Inexhibit, 2017


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