Mobile box home by Andrew Kline

Picture a well-constructed industrial structure, sound and stable from its columns and beams to walls and roofs but entirely devoid of interior partitions and completely unused. Now add to that a series of livable units, square in plan and elevation, and the interstitial spaces as suddenly-active communities places, shared walkways in a new arrangement of residential form. All of this is based on a simple-looking box home by designer and recent Cranbrook graduate Andrew Kline.

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Mobile box home by Andrew Kline kitchen

“Interior Living Unit” breaks down into eight modular parts for easy transportation in a conventional moving truck, the assembles into a small self-contained apartment Unlike other mobile living structures, however, this is uniquely manufactured for interior use only – a home made to fit inside existing buildings.

Mobile box home by Andrew Kline interior living unit

This idea fits a curious niche within the exploding market of modular prefabricated houses and vintage warehouse rehabilitations. It is neither fully mobile like its double-wide counterparts, but nor is it as permanent as the loft-style remodeling of an old industrial building. There are other uses to be explored as well: a yoga or dance instructor installing one of these to live in within their teaching space, artists installing one so their studio becomes a creative workplace as well. The inside surfaces are left as lighter natural wood, creating a soft contrast with the brighter and bolder orange exterior.

Mobile box home by Andrew Kline bedroom bath

Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom are folded, slid and otherwise opened out and up as needed – accessories include cabinets, shelves, stoves, other storage spaces and essential appliances. The biggest problem, though, seems to be: if you have more than one of these units in a single space, how to you manage to have privacy – perhaps not needed for cooking, but definitely desirable when you go to bed at night. Another critical set of questions revolve around utilities: how do you hook up custom plumbing, electrical, communications or other necessary networks of pipes and cables?