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This tiny and cellular pop-up house in London will be a new affordable space for creatives
United Kingdom Architecture News - Jul 23, 2016 - 10:39 25222 views
Minima Moralia is a new hope but also a new home for designers and artists, getting a critical stance against London's highest rental prices for both residential and work spaces. Designed by London-based architects Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas, Minima Moralia offers tiny, cellular pop-up spaces to be inhabited by designers, sculptors, painters, musicians and other creatives.
Mimima Moralia is a critical installation, a manifesto of social hope with no political intention. Inspired by T. Adorno 1951's masterpiece, this tiny cellular space investigates and reflects the "damaged lives" in nowadays London condition.
London has always represented a hub for creative minds, but recently these financial pressures have turned 'creativity' into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford an education and pay the rent without a fixed work income.
''Creativity should not be linked to a social status,'' says the designers of Mimima Moralia. ''It rises within people and therefore anyone should be granted the opportunity to investigate, experiment, rehearse and play. To do this we need new affordable spaces.''
Minima Moralia offers a programmatic vision for London's backyards and interstitial spaces. Each of them will be temporarily occupied by artists. Workshop and live/work studio spaces have potential of creating new typologies for creative communities that would pop up in unused public or private spaces around London.
Minima Moralia investigates the process of inhabiting a space. Each artist will bring their tools and have the opportunity to reveal, if reckoned, the secrets of their making and crafting. The tight space will filter out uselessness. Only what is essential to produce their art can be hosted and used.
Minima Moralia is social experiment, which promotes human interaction and interconnection between private spaces and public use. London Housing typology often includes green areas and backyards, which are sometimes abandoned or misused. This project is a type of urban acupuncture that targets those places and effectively brings life into them.
Minima Moralia is a naked minimalistic structure, comprising a structural skeleton, a roof, a floor and a translucent external skin that is able to communicate and establish a holistic relationship with its surroundings. Acting as a window into an artistic mind, the space allows a glimpse into the creative processes and the crafting abilities that take place inside.
Minima Moralia is a design piece. Modular steel frame creates an empty grid with multiple potential for internal configurations. Shelves, desks, artificial lights and curtains can be provided, to meet the user’s needs.
Minima Moralia will be exhibited throughout the London Festival of Architecture on Dalston Roof Park. The installation will not only be open to the public, but also host series of events and activities to support the local community of artists.
The artist's studio with its fixtures and works -introduces the smallest but translucent space to work.
Minima Moralia night view changes according to work inside and affects the skin of glass
Masterplan of Minima Moralia throughout the city
Section of Minima Moralia proves enough working space for the artists
All images courtesy of Minima Moralia / Tomaso Boano and Jonas Prišmontas
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