Milan’s Mandalaki Style Studio has teamed up with American corporation BoutiqueHomes to supply an Italian-made prefabricated dwelling, aiming to simplify the style and building approach.
Encompassing 27 square metres (291 square feet), the Monocabin includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living/dining location. Made by Milan-primarily based Mandalaki Style Studio, the micro dwelling lately became obtainable for acquire in Europe and the US. BoutiqueHomes, a California corporation that runs a curated holiday rental and items web-site, is handling sales on each continents.
The target of the project is to simplify the approach of designing and constructing a compact dwelling.
“Our process aids in saving time and dollars by avoiding architects, engineers and interior designers, as Monocabin is all-incorporated,” the group stated.
The dwelling is also intended to be eco-friendly, as it is “created to minimise environmental effect, from building to power consumption, all through its life”.
The Monocabin M model consists of a linear volume adjoined to a smaller sized box – even so, the modular dwelling can be expanded as necessary. Two bigger models are also at present supplied: Monocabin L is 34 square metres (366 square feet) and Monocabin XL is 63 square metres (678 square feet).
The components are fabricated by Italian corporation Habito and assembled on-web site by a group of specialists. The walls are produced of a mixture of fibre-reinforced concrete, plywood and drywall – with insulation produced of hemp. The walls are 20 centimetres (eight inches) thick in order to guarantee excellent acoustics and thermal insulation.
The wall surfaces, like other elements, can be customised. “The exterior and interior walls can be customised with any finishing you need, from easy paint to stones or decorative tiles,” the group stated.
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The home’s flat roof is covered in ribbed steel panels. Triple-glazed windows have sandblasted aluminium frames. A “intelligent wall” program accommodates a water heater, an air conditioning and heating program, an electrical panel, storage space and an Apple Television.
The price for a fundamental Monocabin M is $45,000 (£35,339). The Plus version consists of furnishings, appliances and lighting. Clients can choose from add-on capabilities, such as solar panels, automated blinds and a intelligent-dwelling program.
The consumer pays for shipping, which ranges from about $two,800 (£2,170) in Europe to $7,500 (£5,810) in the US. The consumer is also needed to manage such tasks as acquiring developing permits, acquiring connected to the electric grid, and installing a water drainage program.
The home’s elements are shipped by truck inside Europe and by boat to the US. Assembly requires seven days and is handled by BoutiqueHomes and Mandalaki.
The initially Monocabin (pictured) was constructed in Rhodes, Greece, as a holiday rental owned by Mandalaki. That home is how BoutiqueHomes initially discovered about the prefab dwelling.
Mandalaki Style Studio was founded by George Kolliopoulos, Enrico de Lotto, and Giovanni Senin – all of whom met when studying industrial style at Milan’s Polytechnic College of Style. They lately had been joined by industrial designer Davide Giovannardi. Their studio creates items that are intended to “improve each day living”.
Modest, prefabricated dwellings are increasingly observed as a viable solution for addressing the international housing crisis. Other micro properties contain a 35-square-metre dwelling by Grimshaw produced of laminated timber, and an angular dwelling with a “micro-farming wall” created by Gray Organschi Architecture and researchers at Yale.
MINI Living has also embarked on an initiative to discover how architecture can be employed to make the most of unused spaces in cities — a programme that has resulted in iterations of compact “urban cabins” in London, Los Angeles, New York and Beijing.