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Could You Live in a Little Red Cube?


Believe it or not, behind these four impossibly red walls lie more amenities than I can fit in my dorm room. Built by Andrew Kline for his thesis at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the cube represents the condensation of a home—an indoor trailer of sorts, only more compact and more in tune with a modernist aesthetic. Lloyd Alter quotes Kline on Treehugger:

The unit is composed of nine pieces, sized to fit through standard doorways and be combined in the space within. The unit centralizes the program requirements of a home allowing the space around the unit to be used for other uses, such as workspace. The unit folds (closed) and unfolds (open) to reveal different functions when needed: a wardrobe, bed, kitchen, and bathroom.


When the unit is folded (closed) the private program requirements of a home are removed and the surrounding space or workspace can be utilized for public uses. For example: a yoga instructor could live in the same space he or she teaches in. These units, utilized in vacant buildings, can build communities in hollow urban areas.

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After several years of moving my belongings in and out of storage, I can see the appeal of this portable, hexahedron lifestyle. Could you live in a cube-house?


Read the full post on Treehugger and check out the work of Andrea Zittel for more explorations of small-scale living.

Photos by James Carillo via Treehugger.

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