MINI Designs Affordable Housing Solutions With Unique Shared Living Concept
The car brand takes to architecture to look for a solution to this urban living issue
As the shortage of affordable housing in big cities becomes more prevalent, people have been forced to favor access over ownership and look at shared living as an alternative. Carmaker MINI used its minimal design approach to address one of the biggest challenges of urban living—affordable and attractive living spaces in overcrowded urban areas—with a concept apartment called MINI Living.
The 30-square-meter apartment debuted at the Salone de Mobile 2016 in Milan and redefines the meaning of micro-unit. Designed in collaboration with Japanese architecture firm ON Design, the apartment is made of a series of walls, each one made of fold-out modules with various functions, including a kitchenette, a work area and a music system.