PERSONAL SPACE IS EITHER A PLACE TO SIT ON THE SUBWAY or the transitory
square footage found in a change of address form. Slovenian architectural
studio COODO offers a sculptural rendition of living room, a good distance from
typical four-wall confinement with their series of modular outdoor units.
The collection includes a shaded pergola, a leisure pavilion, an outdoor
kitchen and full-time living structures—each customizable spaces that are the
present-day design adaptation of manifest destiny.
While prefab culture has been thriving for years—from sustainable, off-the-grid hardy to edit-friendly—COODO’s sloping, minimalist options merge design
with high-concept, and present an attractive option for our most primordial of
desires: to spread out. “We want to be active participants in improving existing standards of living by using modern design, innovation and contemporary
materials in our practice,” explains Ursa Kisovec, one of four COODO founders.
“We think our modular units are the answer to the high standards that modern
society has regarding its living in terms of visual appearance and functionality.”
Influenced by the Nakagin Capsule Tower built in 1972 by Kisho Kurokawa
in Tokyo, zen gardens, Japanese tea pavilions and the architecture of California and Australia, COODO—comprised of Simon Bajt, Gregor Kosem and Katja
Senekovic—renders these aesthetic inspirations clearly in their crisp forms.
The units feel serene, gliding into their environments instead of being weight-
ed by their surroundings. This loosened up nature allows users to customize with
abandon. “The client can personalize their unit by choosing the façade’s mate-
rial, color and texture. They can choose the type of flooring and wall and ceiling
coverings. Therefore the units are named My: My Cuisine summer kitchen, My
Shade pergola…” Kisovec says.
A glazed My Leisure Pavilion has free-range possibilities: office, café, green-house/conservatory, sauna, fitness room or garden pavilion. My Shade Pergola,
with wooden battens, can be tailored with glass panels, a fabric canopy or
climber plants for a terrace, lounge or play area. Satisfying outdoor chef and
social butterflies, COODO’s My Cuisine Summer Kitchen has Corian countertops,
storage, a sink and grill that can prepare meals via lava rocks—should guests
ask. The studio’s more substantial living units boast custom furniture energy-efficiency and distant monitoring systems, encased in structures that can take
the beating of wind, sand and water.
COODO encourages combining units to create private, multi-purpose ecosystems; their basic anatomy involves a corrosion-resistant, coated galvanized
steel frame with interior and exterior panels made of engineered polyester or
wood. While the high-grade parts definitely matter, COODO’s mechanics merely reinforce the ultimate, indulgent blank slate: a room of one’s own n Arianne
Nardo COODO, Contemporary Living +386 40 699 374 coodo.eu
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