Mini UK presented the Mini Living Urban Cabin at London Design Festival last month, a communal modular-structure set up on the Southbank, in partnership with Sam Jacob Studio. Mini Living is a long-term research project into the future of urban habitats, exploring how creative use of space through innovative design can support our cities and the needs of the people living in them.
As increasing city urbanisation makes private space more and more of a luxury, the demand for multi-purpose communal spaces, co-housing and sharing communities rises – paving the way for brands like Mini to provide innovative solutions. For the 15th year of London Design Festival, Mini Living has unveiled the Urban Cabin, a micro-house on Southbank for city dwellers to learn from each other and exchange resources. Urban Cabin is a modular structure, designed in the Mini Living studio, made from a reflective surface covered with copper mesh, which reflects the rich contrasts of its London surroundings. Sam Jacob Studio was commissioned by Mini Living to build two modules which represent London’s Character; a shared kitchen, symbolizing the importance of food markets in modern culture, and a micro-library where visitors are encouraged to share books in a city where the number of public libraries are falling every year. Jacob’s contribution to this project draws upon his expertise in using design to build relationships to make it a place of exchange and bring people together.