The Mini Urban Cabin, the third Tiny Home in a series, built under the supervision of MINI LIVING in collaboration with Los Angeles architecture firm FreelandBuck. It is installed on the roof of ROW DTLA as part of the Los Angeles Design Festival, a citywide showcase being held June 7-10, 2018.(Myung J. Chun )
The airy entrance to the cabin. At right, a hanging garden.(Myung J. Chun )
The third Urban Cabin in a series of inhabitable temporary cabins is designed by MINI LIVING to create a global village themed around “Big Life, Small Footprint”.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
A view of downtown Los Angeles from the roof of the ROW DTLA.(Myung J. Chun )
The simple kitchenette, which shares a wall with the bathroom.(Myung J. Chun )
The simple kitchenette in the Mini Urban Cabin.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Pegboard makes it easy to hang shelves and more.(Myung J. Chun )
The bathroom of the Mini Living Urban Cabin.(Myung J. Chun )
The bedroom doubles as a dining room with a fold out table, in the Mini Urban Cabin, the third 160-square-foot Tiny Home in a series.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
The bed in the Mini Urban Cabin slides out through opening walls.(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
A ladder leads to a rooftop garden.(Myung J. Chun )
The first Urban Cabin was unveiled at the London Design Festival.(Tom Donald Build by Aldworth James & Bond)
The second Mini Living Urban Cabin was installed in the outdoor courtyard of A/D/O in Brooklyn, New York, in October, 2017.
Is it possible to live with less and have more?
A new 160-square-foot cabin installed on the roof of ROW DTLA proves it is.
Built as part of the MINI LIVING Urban Cabin program, which aims to create a “global village” of thoughtfully executed Tiny Houses in dense cities, and designed in collaboration with Los Angeles architecture firm FreelandBuck, the latest micro-cabin is bright and fun with colorful interiors, inventive green spaces and an impressive connection to the city of L.A.
“Outdoor-like qualities are things you rarely find in tiny housing,” said architect David Freeland. “Those are the first things you lose when you have a tiny space. We are trying to think of new ways to apply interesting ideas to small spaces.”
The three-volume cabin includes two main living areas by the Living branch of the Munich-based car brand MINI and a center “experience space” designed by Freeland and Brennan Buck as a place for contemplation. The bedroom doubles as a dining room, polycarbonate panels can be disassembled and reused while three-dimensional graphics create kaleidoscopic reflections. The cabin also features a toilet and shower and a simple kitchenette with pegboard walls for easy storage.
“Visiting the project, visitors will get a sense of how it is possible to live in a compact space,” said Buck. “It will also show how small spaces can be exciting visually by referring to art and bold graphics and colors and plants.”
MINI LIVING unveiled the first Urban Cabin at the London Design Festival in September 2017, and a second in Brooklyn, New York, in October. Look for more MINI LIVING Urban Cabins in the coming months.
The MINI LIVING Urban Cabin is presented in conjunction with the LA Design Festival and is on view Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St. downtown Los Angeles, Admission is free. Info: ladesignfestival.org