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aVOID: if a Swiss Army knife were a tiny home

All of the furniture and rooms in Leonardo Di Chiara’s tiny house fold, swing, and pivot into the walls, so, when closed, the space is absent of color, like a whiteboard perfect for the creative process of a young architect.

Calling it aVOID in reference to the hollow shell it can morph into, Di Chiara says it’s more aspirational than a reflection of his not-yet-hyper-minimalist lifestyle.

He wanted an uncluttered lifestyle but he also wanted to be mobile and to live in a big city. His solution, to build a row house on wheels. Di Chiara has currently wedged his row house between two tiny houses on the campus of the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin where Van Bo Le-Mentzel, designer of the “one square meter” house, has organized a tiny living experiment.

Di Chiara hopes to continue the experimenting when he moves to Milan. His idea is to create a prototype for a Migratory Neighborhood that could be replicated across Europe so urban nomads like himself could find temporary places to park their homes in schools (during the summer), parks (in winter), abandoned lots, etc.

De Chiara sees it as a win-win for cities eager to keep eyes on the street in isolated or temporarily unused parts of town (He is currently collecting information from those interested in joining him).