At this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, MINI is joining forces with London-based architects Studiomama to present its third installation in the city, MINI Living - Built by All. This new installation reveals a visionary living concept brought to life in a close collaboration between residents and architects. A surface area of just a few square metres is used to create very personal and attractive spaces, reflecting MINI’s core principle of the “creative use of space”. Visitors can explore the benefits of MINI Living for residents in the future. Moving beyond the installation, they can become creators themselves in the Factory of Ideas. In keeping with the idea of participative architecture, visitors have the opportunity to create their own visions of urban living spaces in the form of small conceptual models. These will be displayed on a Wall of Fame over the course of the installation. Viewed as a single entity, they symbolise a constantly expanding micro-neighbourhood.
This year’s MINI LIVING installation is located in a connecting room at the Zona Tortona complex. Visitors can experience the full-size realisation of four different living space concepts designed in collaboration with Studiomama. Covering a surface area of just 15-20 square metres, but on very different floor plans and in different forms, colours and materials, are four contrasting living units. The approach underpinning the design allows each unit to express the individual personalities of their residents at the same time as underscoring the concept’s variety and scope. The living units are embedded in a shared space incorporating functions such as a communal kitchen, fitness area and atrium. The installation adopts existing structures such as pillars and struts, and complements them with additional functionalities. The result is a standalone, living micro-neighbourhood in an old factory hall. The installation highlights that even the inside of an empty building can be used to enrich the future of urban architecture. It demonstrates how unused warehouses, abandoned shopping centres and offices can be transformed into potential living spaces.
The installation will be on show during the Salone del Mobile at Via Tortona 32 in Milan, Italy from 17 – 22 April 2018.
Photos courtesy of MINI