Interested in the nomadic lifestyle, but looking for something a bit more luxurious than a bedouin tent, and a bit more eco than a RV? Consider the Loftcube by Werner Aisslinger. This German designer brought his diverse background in experimental art, industrial design and architecture to this project over a decade ago, and the result is a sleek, minimalist home for the modern nomad.
Comprising 420 square feet, the LoftCube makes the 527-square-foot version of Japan’s Mirai Nihon house look spacious. Conceived along somewhat similar lines — both houses were meant to be mobile, and can be easily transported on the back of a truck — the Loftcube puts the emphasis on art, as per Aisslinger’s overriding motto for the Loftcube: “Successful architecture is a fusion of light, view, closeness, and individuality.” The light and the view here are handled by glass, and lots of it, as the LoftCube design was built around 360 degree views. The closeness is handled by the building’s tiny footprint — and as far as individuality goes, the sleek, futuristic design of the home virtually gaurantees attention for the homeowner.
In addition to the minimalist energy bills this minimalist home generates, the fact that it is prefabricated means that less resources are wasted during construction. Loftcubes are commercially available, and have been installed all over the world. They can be shipped anywhere, go up in five to seven days, and come down in just two. The homes are wrapped in a glazing that permits all kinds of light and ventilation, and facades and finishes, like the home’s heating and cooling systems, can be customized in accordance with the buyer’s green ethos (and budget).
Green Prophet reports that, since the inception of the Loftcube in 2004, they’ve popped up in gardens and on rooftops all over the world: in Spain, Belgium, Canada and now in Lebanon. Mark Doumet’s new Loftcube home boasts panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and is installed just a short distance north of Beirut. If you happen to be in town, feel free to stop by: as the country’s official LoftCube distributor, Doumet encourages visitors.