When looking for the latest in innovative living solutions, the design world ordinarily looks to Milan, Tokyo or London. Rhodes, the Greek island known best for the Colossus – one of the seven ancient wonders of the world – would be quite far down the list.
But Italy-based Mandalaki Design Studio is using the island to debut a new piece of liveable product design, the Monocabin. Designed as a prototype for a series of tiny homes, it distills the ideal living conditions to a miniature scale – 26 sqm to be precise – and is available to rent via Airbnb for €89 per night.
‘The dream was to build a livable and modular design object we could place anywhere in the world sharing our design philosophy,’ says George Kolliopoulos, co-founder and designer at Mandalaki. ‘And the story had to begin in Rhodes, my home island.’
Constructed using modular concrete panels that manage to look both modern while blending with the traditional architecture of the island, the Monocabin sleeps two people in close but cosy quarters. Inside there is the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, while the outside terrace doubles as both sitting and dining room – Rhodes’ sunny climate makes eating outside the easy choice – as well as offering a work out area around the side.
Windows and apertures of the Greek holiday home are used to blur the line between inside and outside, with trees providing shade and colour, while the lights and appliances are charged by Mandalaki’s solar powered designs. The Aegean Sea is just 200m away from the cabin, while the nearby town of Ialysos offers both restaurants and great Byzantine architecture that has been given World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.
Mandalaki Studio has created this Monocabin to be the first of many, a modern space maximising architectural solution that can be erected anywhere, from urban areas to remote sunny enclaves.
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