Being grown up in a tiny room in family’s house in Pesaro, Italy, 27-year-old architect Leonardo Di Chiara has been used to living a minimalist lifestyle.
His latest project, the aVOID tiny house, currently on the display — and inhabited — by architect in Berlin, takes concept of reductionist living to the whole new level.
Measuring just 96 square feet & equipped with all one needs to live, this home seeks to challenge the concept of traditional housing.
“It’s a tiny house and it’s totally on wheels, so you can move it wherever you want — you can live just wherever you want,” architect told ABC News.
aVOID is part of tiny house social & architectural movement started in U.S. back in 1980s & has seen a resurgence in past several years. This concept centers around downsizing one’s home to live a more minimalistic & sustainable lifestyle, using very few, necessary resources.
Since 1973, typical size of a U.S. home has doubled — peaking at just over 2,600 square ft., according to U.S. census data. Tiny houses, meanwhile, are typically around 100 to 150 square ft, on wheels, & also come in a variety of shapes/sizes.
With furniture such as tables, chairs, bed and a sofa folding out of the walls of structure, Di Chiara’s home has been likened to a Swiss Army knife. Yet this project is no novelty — Di Chiara hopes it will be a model for those who want to live with less, without burden of paying high rents increasingly plaguing many large cities, including Berlin.
Di Chiara intends for its user to live in unoccupied spaces in the city.
“I just wanted to create a model that people can use to get closer to the city center … to whatever the city can offer,” he said, adding that he hopes aVOID will be part of what he calls migratory neighborhoods — clusters of tiny homes on wheels integrated within city centers.
For now, it’s in progress. “Living in tiny home is a real challenge,” Di Chiara admitted, largely because it is still a work in process. He is constantly discovering problems & finding ways to resolve them, often with help of products provided by sponsors who believe in his vision, he said.
“I realized that air inside gets too stuffy, especially during nights,” Di Chiara said. To resolve this problem, he partnered with a company that provided a prototype ventilation system.
Despite these challenges, Di Chiara said he plans to live in this house for an entire year, but aims to call it home for life once it is perfected. He said he also allows others to try out living in this one for a night or two, provided they give him feedback.
Di Chiara’s aVOID house is one of over a dozen small structures on Bauhaus Museum campus in Berlin. It is part of “Tinyhouse University”, a nonprofit founded in year 2016 by German architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel that brought together architects, designers & refugees to explore different housing typologies.
“We want to create solutions for living in some innovative way that allow people to be very active in process of living, including designing, building & living in house,” said Di Chiara. Some of the tiny buildings are cafes, while others are living and workspaces.
aVOID is a mere prototype for a single working professional and takes inspiration from Bauhaus design movement, which combined art with the industrialization process.
First, though, he’ll need to get others onboard. It’s currently illegal in the Berlin to have a migratory neighborhood along lines of Di Chiara’s vision, so his goal is to first raise awareness about tiny house living before holding serious discussions with city officials. He said he plans to set his sights on Milan, where rents are higher & there is less empty urban space than in Berlin.
In coming March 2018, Di Chiara, will take home on a seven-city tour, ending in Rome.
Credits : abcnews.go.com