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Warsaw, Poland

Member since June 12, 2007

  • LIVINGBOX - temporary mobile living space

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    The homless, contemporary nomad, traveler without roots, marginalized and excluded from today's society. Commonly thought of as a poor, dirty and unforseeable weird, often unshaven and dressed in many layers of clothing. The symbolic return to the primitive man, unaware of cultivation and hunting, surviving only on what nature provides. Dependant on trade, the contemporary nomad, searches for goods exchangeable for legal tender, which provide him with a minimum existence and sometimes pleasure. Many of them, have no conscience of a place in which they felt they would belong.They are owned by the city and the city belongs to them.In search of waste paper, PET bottles,metal, the homeless often wander around the city. The action which we are proposing is aimed at locating the project's fixed elements of the projects in differnt parts of the city. Analysing the different idealistic guidelines of the project, we took into account the ever present problem of homelessness in large cities.We decided to design a mobile home for the homeless, enabling them to ensure for themselves a roof over their heads.The shelter, in the form of a box, distributed in any nmber of quantities could appear in different parts of the city.The homeless, equipped with a unified sleeping module does not have to worry when spending the night in a distant city district.Provided with a map he will quickly find the base, where after its installment, he will have the possibility to wash himself or prepare for himself a warm meal. Each, individual home consists of three parts; a base and two sleeping modules. Together they form a whole limited to the standard container. The sleeping parts have been designed to form mobile elements, assembled and completely independent. When disassembled they form an integral part of the base or a separate unit, which after assembly transforms into a transport cart.

    The form of the container, adapted to two tenants helps the tenants integrate and is a positive social aspect. By dividing it with a joint part of the base made from isolated aluminum panels, in which a kitchen annex and a toilet with a shower is provided, we were able to maintain a comfortable privacy for the tenants. The chosen material solutions enable an easy disinfection by the city staff.By installing outside drawers we enable the easy fueling of all neccessary media - propane, water and electricity as well as the emptying of the bio-block and the garbage containers, without interfering into the ordinary lives of citizens. Taking into account the all-year character of the project, the base is provided with a thermic isolation as well as floor heaters and thermostat. During transport the box is secured with roll-down bases covered with aluminum panels. The recycling of PET bottles enables easy and inexpensive obtainment of material needed for the creation of the walls of the sleping section. It's an accessible material, very light and therefore easy for transport and later use. The box is furnished inside with a wooden plywood, on the other hand on the outside with aluminum panels and secured with an artificial material to withold severe weather conditions.The sleeping module is designed in a way which enables full assembly for the time of the transport. The interior is provided with an assembled shelf and ensures use both in the transporing as well as the sleepig position. The independence of the module enables sleeping in it both in connection with the base as well as in critical situations of its occupation by other tenants. The module can be used as a free standing unit. After assembly, the box serves as a transporter of everyday-use objects (food, personal belongings) possibly they can serve the purpose of storing waste paper, scrap metal, bottles etc.

    Thanks to the use of aluminum and metal the module can be tranported by just one person. When the sleeping box is no longer in use and is abandonded by the homeless it is easy to recycle it and to produce a new one. This enables the homeless to maintain their hygiene for the pother users. One of the most important problem of homelessness is loneliness. TMLS enable the meeting for some people in the same situation to exchange experience and make a friendship.Moreover TMLS secure a shelter and a place for rest and relax.Despite a mobile character it's comfortable and a safe place to live in.The occupants may travel all around the city without an anxiety there is no place to return.

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