The digitization of the world is changing the nature of work, turning many jobs into freelance; especially for young professionals like us who are struggling to transition. This calls for a flexibility that is not offered by the traditional ways of living in a city; a flexibility that offers the necessary amenities, while being mobile and connected.
For these reasons we chose Los Angeles to experiment in; a city crawling with an aspiring youth who struggle to adapt and start in life. High rents, long commuting distances, low quality of living… all these and more are the struggles of the undervalued young professionals.
We try to tackle these issues with a mobile house design equipped with 3 rotating furniture-panels; each with their variety of use and program. This generates different conditions in the small square meters of the house while optimizing the use of space. Additionally, the house can split, which results in a compact core that is equipped with all the necessary utilities and a more stationary body. The small, movable portion can sustain itself for a limited amount of time (going for a business meeting, short job in the city, vacation etc.) while the main body is connected to the repurposed infrastructure hub(s) that are spread between cities.
On the other hand, with the rise of specialization in cities and dependence from it, we lose our contact with nature and basic skills that could potentially alienate us from a core part of humanity. Aristotle defined humans as “political animals” more than 2000 years ago; we all have collective and individual needs. In our project, we respond to this duality by allowing for the opportunity to group in search of knowledge and community, but also to detach for a short period and seek other profound goals.