Starting as a compact modular room within a room, this unique cubic furniture system on wheels opens up in a variety of ways to transform the space from a living room to an office to a bedroom for one or two. Three mobile modules, each with a bench of cushions and open ‘walls,’ can be hooked together or separated and rolled around a given space.
The Cube was created by Russian architecture firm Ruetemple to make a small space more functional for a brother and sister. Each of the three sections has built-in storage beneath the benches and an overhang that creates a roof when they’re pushed together.
These sections can be connected to form a large bed or separated for three separate couches or single beds. They can also be put together in a way that creates a private, walled-off space with the feeling of an unusually stylish children’s fort.
“We decided to create a space free from typical furniture,” said the architects. “It was necessary to design a study space, guest sleeping accommodation and a space for various types of recreation, so that one could sit with a book, watch a movie, or welcome a crowd of friends, have a dance party and then accommodate everybody for a night, all in one room.”
Ruetemple is famous for creating innovative small spaces that surprise residents and guests alike with rolling features, unexpected garden spaces, suspended hammocks and other features. Their “Micro House” project transformed a 300-square-foot student apartment in Russia by utilizing as much vertical space as possible, removing the floor area above the living room and replacing it with stretched netting that provides a lofty and comfortable place to relax.
“This is country house in a remote settlement far from the big city,” architects Alexander Kudimov and Daria Butahina told Dezeen. “The clients complained that they lacked a sense of rhythm and dynamism in life. That is why we decided to make an interior which would not allow them to feel bored.”