Living box / red dot design award winner / 2007
Representing new concepts for a mobile living environment, Living Box functions as movable home on rails with a fully maximized interior space for living. Living Box has been designed as a movable home on rails, that sits in a class between a commercial van and a full-size Midi bus. This allows it to be legal for roads and highways all over the world. One of the prerequisites for its form was to create a fully maximized interior space. And thus, a box-like form was adopted with a slope in front for aerodynamic purposes. The transparent body is comprised of two layers: poly carbonate panels are used as the main exterior surface material as they allow light to enter the space to make it seem bigger and livelier; while the inner surface is dynamic and will supply the vehicle’s privacy, whenever it is needed. The frame structure is aluminium, and is connected to the suspension system at the bottom. Living Box is powered by four electro-motors located at the corner of each rail, and two rows of solar cells on the roof, for the charging the batteries and providing energy for the air conditioning system. LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology is used for the headlamps, which can function as separate pocket lamps if required. The platform is raised 200 mm from the floor boards, to accommodate water, sewage and hydrogen tanks, and lithium batteries.