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A mobile architectural unit
von Nancy Jehmlich | 1/24/2009

As kids we felt nothing could beat a tree-house. Anyone that did not have one constructed a place in their rooms or looked for a secret hiding place somewhere on the periphery of the area their parents authorized. But in the world of adults you no longer sleep in bunk beds and you only go camping again when you have small kids yourself. But does this longing for a place to retreat actually wane as you get older? Or are such needs compensated for with going fishing or face masks?

At the imm cologne designer Eric Degenhardt and the company Richard Lampert are presenting a special prototype entitled "Landed". This is a mobile free-standing architectural unit, a micro architecture between house and object, "between living and moving, between water and land, sky and mountains," explains Eric Degenhardt. The project might help make allotments socially acceptable again and simultaneously remove its middle-class aura. You do not need planning permission to erect the twenty cubic meter unit - yes, you heard correctly, cubic meter, we use the term cubic meters in German planning department parlance; in private gardens the one-room house can occupy as much as four cubic meters. It is true that you have to forgo a wet room but then again this can be solved differently.

So as to respond flexibly to the existing plot the floor space was kept as small as possible so that only a narrow strip touches the ground. As such, the fact that the unit widens out from a narrow base not only defines space and form but also serves a practical purpose. Though the pavilion is only a blueprint and certain details need to be refined it met with great approval at the fair. The modular design leaves hardly any special wishes open. Moreover, the unit also provides a working basis for designing the accompanying interior: a bed, sofa, table and much more.