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If you’ve ever wanted to sleep on a hotel rooftop, you’re in luck. As part of the 2018 Los Angeles Design Festival, MINI Living has unveiled an urban cabin on the rooftop of the ROW DTLA. The site-specific installation is only 15 square metres, but offers everything you need to sleep comfortably amongst the skyscrapers.

The urban cabin is set to travel to other cities around the world like Beijing and Tokyo. In each city, the variation of the structure will be adapted by local architects inspired by their surroundings.

“We’re working on our own very distinct interpretation of co-living. our aim is to enable a genuine sense of community, opening doors and creating public space,” explains Esther Bahne, Head of Strategy and Innovation MINI. “Our installations and visionary formats seek to explore a whole new range of possibilities in the creative use of space, and we’re now putting what we’ve learned into practice in the form of real-life construction projects.”

The Los Angeles version was designed by freelandbuck and features two nested boxes, constructed with aluminum framing, wrapped in translucent polycarbonate printed with the image of a third box that appears to be projected through the structure. The three-dimensional graphic surfaces vary between graphic alignment and kaleidoscopic effects as one moves around and through them. There’s also a hanging garden which forms another cubic volume suspended from the enclosure, accentuated the he indoor/outdoor quality of the translucent skin.

Check out the gallery above, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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