studio aisslinger: fincube studio aisslinger: fincube
mar 29, 2010

studio aisslinger: fincube

‘fincube’ by studio aisslinger

german firm studio aisslinger have created ‘fincube’ a concept for a new modular, sustainable and transportable low energy house. developed together with a south tyrolian team the ‘fincube’ was created 1200m above sea level near bozen in northern italy.

made entirely of local wood, the building provides 47 sqm of living space with a minimal CO2 footprint. it is a materialized vision of a small housing unit with a long lifecycle. it can easily be dismantled and rebuilt on a new site, and even more important for nature hideaways: it requires minimum soil sealing – just 2 meters.

the design is minimal, material-orientated, and in close touch with nature – the wooden space with a 360-degree triple glazing is furnished with a second facade layer, producing shade and giving the building a unique overall mushroom-like monoshape. the horizontal ledges give privacy to the ‘fincube’ and embed the building into forests, meadows, mountain sides or any nature resorts.

the supporting structure is made of local larch and the interior is a combination of larch and stone-pine. the 3m-high space is organized in a helical structure: the entrance area blends into a generous open kitchen with an adjacent sofa living space, around the corner one enters the bedroom and further down is the spacious bathroom.

kitchen area

‘fincube’ at night

‘fincube’ consists of solar panels on the roof

  • this is so beautiful!

    kman says:
  • Agreed. A Dymaxion house for the 21st century. Looks like a tasty baked good or a stress-relieving pill. It’s purity will be compromised by ingress/egress point.

    What’s the big deal about “local” wood? Sustainable or renewable is good, but local? Unless the dwelling is thus connected to its native soil, a spiritual thing. Those Germans and their forest spirits!

    Tom P says:
  • using local woods or materials means less transportation cost that leads to producing less CO2.

    SHOPinc-Sohee says:
  • a great advancement of his loftcube

    jh says:
  • yes, i though “using local materials” was a pretty obvious and well understood point these days…i agree about the ingress/egress point though, often poorly resolved/tacked on & i think i would tire of looking through bars all the time.But it is very cosy & contained & it has a warm friendly feel, i find it inviting.

    dom1 says:
  • Those bars look like the perfect place for loads of spiderwebs.

    threepenpals says:
  • for what the hell is the shell for?
    to make more “modern”…inside everything ist cubic, rectangular arranged,…placebo-architecture.

    mars-frankfurt says:
  • Interesting. As we don’t have a 360 degree on the house, can’t make out how many ingress/egress points there are. One is seen. Fire hazard with one opening other than windows. The exterior shell doesn’t appear to be structural, hence added unnecessary cost, further to which the way the longitudinals are attached isn’t shown. There are no notches in the curved beams for them to fit into. Easier to disassemble were they notched, I would have thought. Also curved beams aren’t cheap, requiring more CO2 to create. If timber shell not required, then even less material is used, making it easier to break down, transport and reassemble whether it be from local timber or not d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • find more about fincube http://www.fincube.eu

    pm-Italy says:
  • pragmatism is applied at the end of an idea…the concept is visually arresting. Good work.

    Fd says:
  • I’ll take one… no, make that two. Put me on your mailing list !

    Finlay Cowan says:

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