MoMi

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MoMi is a modular dwelling unit designed for living as much as possible outside the house itself. Through its condensed form, MoMi occupies as little space as possible while fostering delight of nature and connection to the garden around. This garden becomes the board where the great living game happens.

MoMi is a critical commentary on developments on the outskirts of cities that, while promising a direct contact with 'nature', end up offering living alternatives in very large houses (that often occupy all the available land). At the same time, these houses and ensembles tend to become autonomous and solipsistic by enclosing as many services as possible, thereby making it unnecessary, even pointless to ever leave the comfort zone that they provide. They become very large prisons for as many "volunteer prisoners" of a jilted Arcadian dream.

MoMi works together with its surrounding garden, it challenges the user's imagination and suggests an alternative way of enjoying the idea of living closer to nature. Its surface is so incredibly small that it practically pushes one to use the surrounding unbuilt land for sitting, eating, sleeping, reading etc. All these activities may be carried out with the help of extra furniture, specially designed to fit the storage capacity of the initial module, or may become the subject of the user's DIY proclivity.

Location: Romania <br/>Architecture Office: Republic of Architects <br/>Authors: Emil Burbea, Oana Coarfă, Alexandra Liţu, Radu Tudor Ponta <br/>Collaborations: Gabriel Popescu, Sergiu Stanică, Lucian Ionescu <br/>Civil engineering: Tekno Euroconstruct <br/>Structure: prefabricated metal <br/>Site surface: any plot bigger than 50 sqm Building surface: 12 sqm <br/>Total building surface: 15 sqm <br/>Height: 3,6m <br/>Users: 2+1 <br/>Construction year: 2014 Photographs: Courtesy of the author

MoMi is fashionable. It represents and inscribes itself proudly in contemporary tendencies towards downshifting by trying to make living cheaper and more (environmentally) friendly. More than anything it provides all the necessary paraphernalia for a simple, but also richer, way of life.