Cinder Box is a MicroDwelling inspired by a desire to produce a prototype for small scale living and working. The 200sf unit includes a general living space with corner sliding doors opening up to an exterior porch. There is a desk alcove for a small office, a storage closet and a bookcase that doubles as a ladder to the bed loft over the desk. As a prefabricated structure, dimensioned to be easily transported, the dwelling can be placed on any lot, as a rural cabin, or as a secondary structure on urban and suburban properties.
The exterior is clad in Japanese shou-sugi-ban style burnt wood siding. The weathered exterior massing is "cut" to expose the inner "flesh" of clear coat plywood. A steel window system set back to create a porch encloses the interior space while opening up the corner.
The design aesthetic was inspired by the dichotomy in desert life. Cacti, such as the saguaro, have rough exterior skins that can handle the intense environment while the interior plant flesh is often soft and wet, designed to hold moisture and the essentials for desert survival. The design plays on this duality with a rough burnt wood exterior contrasting the soft clear wood interior. The shou-sugi-ban provides a long term finish that doesn't require maintenance as it is fire and rot resistant. Wabi-sabi is the Japanese aesthetic that is exemplified by the natural, simple, austere beauty in weathered materials. This raw aesthetic perfectly transposes to the Sonoran Desert's inherent character. These diverse inspirations intersect to produce a simple and efficient design for modern living.
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Cinder Box is a miniaturized dwelling for living, working, and playing. Designed to be easily moved and adapted to any lot, the structure responds effortlessly to the varied requirements of occupants and the environment. The beautiful charred wood finish protects and weathers with no maintenance while the interior ply shines like a jewel box.
We are asking for assistance to help build our prototype micro dwelling and need your help. There are lots of easy and different opportunities for anyone to assists:
DONATE TO THE FUND: Construction costs $ and cash strapped designers are always looking for help. Donate today on Crowdhoster at any level you feel comfortable, every dollar counts! We have estimated that our microdwelling will cost $9,750 to build and we need to raise at the very least $5,000 to make this a reality. Please note if you are able and interested in donations upwards of $1000 please contact us personally about investment/repayment options.
DONATE MATERIALS: We are always looking for recycled or unused construction materials. Is your plywood collecting dust on a job site? Don't throw it out, donate it! Contact us directly about material donations.
SPONSORSHIP: We are looking to collaborate with local businesses interested in providing materials or sponsoring our project. The exhibition is expected to have a large turnout with 4 event weekends. Contact us directly about sponsorship and marketing opportunities.
VOLUNTEER: There will be several construction days needing your help! We are also interested in any experienced builders who have interest in providing advice or assisting in the construction and transport.
TOOLS: Extra tools sitting around the garage? Let us borrow them! Tools are expensive, why buy when you can lease! We would appreciate anyone with extra tools willing to loan for a short time. Contact us directly if you have any items.
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