The LoftCube

Last week, I received an email with a link to the loftcube – an entirely self contained and customizable dwelling unit. The brainchild of German Architect Werner Aisslinger, the loftcube was designed for young mobile professionals and other such city-hopping jet setters. Taking advantage of what he is essentially prime unused real estate, Aisslinger wants to affordably colonize unused city rooftops to create spaces for temporary urban living. Judging from his website, Aisslinger is clearly no stranger to Buckminster Fuller, whose influence is visibly evident in the design and construction of the loftcube. After delivery and placement via helicopter, the prefabricated components can be assembled by a team of two individuals in only two or three days. The tenant is not only completey free to choose the color, material and wind resistance of the exterior, but they can also have the interior designed to their needs. Operable panels and double sided Corian walls imply programmed areas while maintaining an open, loft-like floor area.

Potential exists to create entirely nomadic communities. If a problem should arise with the building owner, or the loftcube owner decides to permanently relocate, they simply call in a helicopter and have their house moved. Everyone has a helicopter on speed dial right? According to his firm’s website, Aisslinger believes that “future products will be utilitarian, organic, reduced, soft, puristic, poetic, modular and nomadic.” with the loftcube, he could be close to creating his ideal design lifestyle.

The prototype loftcube was completed in Berlin in 2003, and has since entered the phase of industrialized production. It should be available for purchase by the end of the month with a cost between 55,000 euro and 75,00 euro.