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									LIVING BOX.CONCEPT – descriptive relation
Architekturbüro [lu:p]


Many spaces lack of appropriate areas for communication, dialogue and living. However, even if the
appropriate space, they often function inefficiently due to the fact that they do not react to an ever-
changing environment. For this reason these spaces are not flexible. Most notably the city, as a highly
complex social structure, asks for new kinds of concepts for living.

Our aim is to design a living space which is able to react to changes and which then adapts to certain
living circumstances and to all imaginable living realities. This kind of space should function as an
attraction for a wide range of people and it should offer them many different areas in which to interact.
One important requirement is the most flexibility feasible in utilisation and programming as well as in
transportation and assembly.

By reducing the living box down to single modules, the user has the chance to generate a building
based on their individual demands as well as their imagination. Within the framework of modules, size,
form and consequently the composition of space inside as well as outside the living box can be
generated independently by the user.

Life has become faster and many people are here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow.
Mobile dwellings such as the living box, represent the equivalent of a first home and a personal space.
This space satisfies a need for privacy and yet a contrasting desire to socialize and meet people.
There is always a threshold between the exterior and the interior, the living box and its place it sits in –
a city, nature or wherever the user wants it to be. Our design for the living box can be compared to a
space station: a mobile dwelling with all the facilities and life support systems that its crew needs to
survive in the severe conditions of space. It is easy to appreciate a space station as a mobile home: it
is a container with solid exterior walls and an interior divided into zones designed for specific tasks.
Architectural groups such as Archigram or the Metabolists envisioned the city of the future as a
dynamic entity in constant change. Mobile dwelling units, inspired by the space age were central to
these visions. Flexible structures are better able to cope with the demands of a society in flux. Mobile
dwellings can be either an intimate space that offers protection or a shelter which plunges its occupant
into new and unexpected situations. The living box offers a fascinating insight into an alternative way
of living and defining what we call home.


The skin of the living box possesses the ability to adapt to different realities. Physiognomic forms are
not copied, but processes and structures of the occupants are transferred into design methodology.
Form as such is subject to evolution the same as all creatures. There is no ending point to the
progression or evolution of form. The result is a HYBRID which is a freeze image of one moment in
time within a certain development.

The LIVING BOX is comparable to the physiognomy of an earthworm. It has a basic outline towards
outer space, but the rings and strips vary and create an enormous contingency of assimilation
especially towards the inside. Depending on program the inner form is able to adapt depending on
program and creates a variety of spatial realities. Our aim is to transfer such a design principle into
human scale, in order to generate space which is able to adjust to different programs and
circumstances in order to accommodate new functions. Everything can be arranged everywhere at
anytime, nothing is fixed or permanent.

Our design of the living unit is an assemblage of light prefabricated elements. These can be set up on
site according to the need for special dimensions of living units. The elements themselves can be
transported by common vehicles.

The strips are generated by a folding principle. Different functions emerge, for example, an element
appears from a fold which articulates itself as a table within the inner space. It is information, is
expansion, deformation, individuation. Within human body the wrinkle is a deformed plane, which has
evolved from physical and psychic information. The fold as such is defined by three dimensions x, y, z
and the fourth dimension. Within time fold evolves, deepens and possibly disappears in the end.
Folding does not need a grid and can just be perceived within three dimensional space. Developed
space is not longer the extruded plan since the two dimensional area differs distinctively from four
dimensional and time based reality. Folding creates blurring.

SINGLE MODULES_ description

SIT-DOWN_MODULE: forms a mould at one side, which can be used as furniture for sitting. The
vertical parts of the strip can be used as projection wall.

SIT-DOWN-AND-TALK-MODULE: this module is deformed on two sides. These formations can be
used as furniture for sitting and communicating. Since the outside of the strip differs from the original
form, the program is not just present in the inside, but becomes visible as well on the outer skin.

COME-IN-MODULE: this module performs the function of an entrance. Sliding elements, mounted on
top side of groins, open up and close the module.

EAT´N DRINK -MODULE: forms three curvatures in space. it invites the occupants to come together in
order to eat, drink and communicate. Stringed together, this module becomes a long table, where
guests will sit together.

DO-WHAT-EVER-YOU-WANT-MODULE: is the basic form of all modules. It embodies on the one
hand a neutral unifying element between the other modules, on the other hand it can become a
module for space closure through the use of a glass element. Additionally there is a curving module
which enables different orientation of the entire volume.

EXPRESS-YOURSELF-MODULE: this module encourages the inhabitants to present themselves and
their skills. One side folds itself towards the inside of space, the back side becomes a plane for
projection and presentation. This is also visible on the outside of skin.

STORE-YOUR-STUFF-MODULE: forms a volume inside the strip that is more strongly defined than
the other modules. The attached groins close the sides of the volume but open it up towards sky.

COOK`N MIX-MODULE: cooking becomes the main activity within that module. Kitchen elements
appear on the one side, including kitchen appliances as well as shelves and recesses for storage and
kitchen equipment. Furthermore the strip folds itself partly towards the inner space, which changes the
room´s height in this area.

SLEEP-IN-MODULE: this module forms a bed by folding out towards the inside. Stringed together a
wide space for relaxing or meditating evolves when they are strung together.

SPLASH-AND-FLUSH-MODULE: the bathroom encloses a volume by folding the strip towards the
inside. Both groins are open at the top and are closed at the sides. A transition from inside to outside


The groins are moulded in form by the use of composite material. The strip is made out of
polyethylene and its form is generated by the use of the technique of thermoforming. Inside the strip
polyethurethane foam guarantees its pressure-resistance. Single modules are connected by using
rods, which clamp the single elements together.

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