compact portable house for modern nomads.
Designed by Werner Aisslinger
It seems like a spaceship on top of a building. These mobile living
units, placed on flat roofs by helicopters or cranes and connected
to the building's utilities, offer additional living space in big
cities. Utopian loftcube living envisages self-contained rooftop
communities, a new way of life with a view and privacy, tranquillity
and freedom compared to the condensed living spaces and speeded-up
everyday metropolitan existence.
house, devised by the German designer Werner Aisslinger, is extraordinarily
compact: The loft cube is made up of an open-space where living,
dining and cooking takes place, it has a separated sleeping area
and a bath. True luxury is incorporated when a swimming pool is installed
in the roof, complete with landscaped terrace where you feel transported
away to another world in the middle of the urban metropolis. You
have nothing but views of open skies and a personal world that offers
respite from the hectic and stressful world below. Inspired by such
projects as the Futuro House, a UFO shaped dwelling designed by Finnish
architect Matti Suuronen in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin
or holiday home. The idea behind the design reflects the optimism
of the sixties. At the time people believed technology could solve
all problems for the human race. The ideal was of a new era, a space-age,
where everybody would have more leisure time to spend on holidays
away from home. Like the Loft Cube of today it was so lightweight,
it was easily transportable by helicopter.
ideas that address such elements as pre-fab construction and
even travel trailers have been used in housing for a number of
but today are extremely relevant considering the mobile lifestyles
we live. It is not inconceivable that world travelers might have
houses in several locations around the world that become personal
habitats, offering a much more considerate approach than the
ubiquitius hotel room. Individuals who often travel for extended
time could simply bring the house with them. The concept of "home
is where you are" can now become a reality.
The cost of the Loft Cube is about $140,000 not including the transportation
or furniture and extras like a swimming pool. Mobile living is now
a true reality for the future. People can now take their moveable
home with them, to wherever they want, and live like modern nomads.