You are viewing 1 of 2 articles without an email address.

All our articles are free to read, but complete your details for free access to full site!

Already a Member?
Login Join us now

Life in an urban cabin

A communal modular-structure on London’s Southbank  during the London Design Festival will explore a creative use of space

The Mini Living Urban Cabin can be seen on the Southbank between 16-24 September
The Mini Living Urban Cabin can be seen on the Southbank between 16-24 September

Mini UK is unveiling a micro-house at the London Design Festival for city dwellers to learn from each other and exchange resources.


The so-called Mini Living urban caravan is a communal modular-structure designed in response to growing demand for multi-purpose communal spaces, and the rise in co-housing and sharing communities as city urbanisaton makes private space more of a luxury.

Mini Living is a long-term research project by the automotive brand Mini which aims to address one of the most pressing challenges of urban living – the shortage of attractive, affordable housing – and seeks to offer a potential solution in the form of a modern shared-living concept. It explores how the creative use of space can support our cities.


Urban caravan, designed in the Mini Living studio, is made from a reflective surface covered with copper mesh.


Sam Jacob Studio was commissioned by Mini Living to build two modules which represent London’s character; a shared kitchen, symbolising the importance of food markets in modern culture; and a micro-library where visitors are encouraged to share books in a city where the number of public libraries are falling every year.


Jacob’s contribution to this project draws upon his expertise in using design to build relationships to make it a place of exchange and bring people together.


“In an increasingly generic urbanised world, we can use design to turn spaces into useful and significant places for the city; places that offer specific local characteristics and functions to create a unique identity on various experiential layers,” said Oke Hauser, creative lead of Mini Living.


Mini Living intends to showcase additional urban caravan installations in major global cities in the coming months, the next of which will be in New York during ‘Archtober’.


The installation will host events and workshops which will focus on the further development of the urban caravan into a habitable concept for 2018.

“Everyone lives and works somewhere, but most of us rarely think about the spaces and places we inhabit. This landmark project, like all London Design Festival projects, challenges us to pause and consider how design frames and defines our living world,” added Ben Evans, director of London Design Festival.


London Design Festival takes place 16-24 September 2017 on the Southbank.



If you like this, you might be interested in reading the following:


Meeting the challenges of rapid urbanisation

WEF contends that most cities lack the capacity and resources to ensure that the city develops in a sustainable manner

Read more


Public-private cooperation is the key to a sustainable future

A WEF report says meeting the challenges of urbanisation relies on dialogue and engagement between multi-stakeholders

Read more


Planning ahead for radical urbanisation

The Prince’s Foundation is launching the Planning for Rapid Urbanisation initiative to support those involved in designing towns and cities in the Commonwealth

Read more

Add New Comment
You must be a member if you wish to add a comment - why not join for free - it takes just 60 seconds!