mandalaki studio based in milan is generally specialized in product design, but their last project is about designing a space to live in. ‘monocabin’ is a little house for one or two located on the island of rhodes in greece. as the team says, the cabin explores the desire to juxtapose the sleek, streamline design of a modern structure with the organic environment of the surrounding nature into a livable design object.

monocabin is a 26 sqm house



the construction is done with modular concrete panels, which makes the house very easy to assemble. despite its tiny size, the 26 sqm space comprises all the features necessary for a perfect summer getaway. 

the cabin is a perfect place for a summer getaway



each piece of furniture is tailored to be the best fit in the interior. although the house is very contemporary, mandalaki managed to maintain the sense of the traditional greek approach to design. 

the surrounding trees serve as shadings



by designing a lot of openings, the team blurred the decent boundary between the inside and the outside. emphasizing the sensation of living within nature, the surrounding trees complete the design serving as a simple and effective way to create shaded areas. 

the designers created a lot of openings, do the inhabitants can feel like they live in nature

each piece of furniture is tailor-made

mandalaki’s ‘pilgrim sofia’air diffuser on the table

the tailor-made bathroom illustrates the coherence in the materials used in the monocabin, where nature is the starting point of each space

the climate in rhodes will enable the host to spend a great time outdoors relaxing and dining

outdoor solar power solutions: mandalaki’s ‘earth brick’ solar lamp

mandalaki’s dream was to build a livable and modular design object they could place anywhere in the world sharing their design philosophy

project info:


architecture and design: mandalaki

size: 26 sqm

cabin dimensions: 4,2 x 8 x 3.5 m

capacity: two people

garden: 160 sqm

location: rhodes, greece

energy efficiency: A+++

thermal insulation polyurethane: foam

structure material: ISO concrete

construction time: 3 months

main materials: marble, concrete, glass


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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