Breathe, Milan

Designed by: SO-IL
For client: MINI / BMW Floor area: 80.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: Exhibition of the Year


Public Score
3.02
3.03 Function
2.99 Innovation
3.03 Creativity
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About the Project

Breathe is an installation presented at the Milan Salone del Mobile in 2017 for MINI/ BMW.
It creates an attractive living area for up to three people on a previously unused 50-square-metre urban plot. A modular metal frame forms the basic structure, and a flexible, light-permeable outer skin creates the boundary between inside and outside. A total of six potential rooms and a roof garden provide space for personal fulfilment.
On the ground floor, a kitchen area acts as a spatial and social interface with the outside of the world. Above it are various living areas, spread over three levels in all, which offer an inviting place to both relax and work. The individual living areas are separated by light-permeable textile walls.This translucency creates a feeling of connectedness and
togetherness. But it also grants residents a sense of privacy, if preferable.

The installation enhances the microclimate in urban areas. Its flexible outer skin has a special coating which filters and neutralises the air. The structure is mobile and adaptable. It is designed to be disassembled and installed at another location. The fabric is interchangeable, and can be replaced with one that performs appropriately to different climates.

What’s unique about it

Breathe - MINI Living is a forward thinking installation reflecting on the future of living in cities. It calls into question conventional living concepts and proposes a resource-conscious, shared city living within a compact footprint. By making living an active experience, the installation shines a spotlight on environmental awareness and takes on a holistic approach to sustainability. Breathe brings its residents into direct contact with their environment. By making living an active experience, the installation encourages visitors to confront our tendency to take fundamental resources such as light, air and water for granted

While the house still remains the place for fundamental daily activities it is also increasingly becoming a site for other aspects of life that previously took place outside its boundaries: working, creating, socializing and consuming. Breathe reflects on the blurring of those boundaries and eschews a traditional organization with rooms dedicated to specific functions for a composition of a loose stack of porous realms. It creates an attractive living area for up to three people on a previously unused 50-square-meter urban plot.

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