The LOIOS Houses Capsular Chambers Within an Old Historic Structure

By: Amelia Roblin - Sep 30, 2014
References: ooda.eu & dezeen
The LOIOS project demonstrates that filling a house with furniture is not the only way to make it comfortable and livable. Modular pods -- which I suppose could be considered as giant pieces of furniture -- are placed within the otherwise empty rooms of an old apartment building in Porto, Portugal.

The firm OODA was actually thinking outside of the box when it came up with the clever concept of creating cozy capsules. The large containers integrate all of the necessary comforts and equipment to serve as complete bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens. The prefabricated units are constructed with many layers of materials including Valcromat, steel, fiber glass, cement fiber board and wood. To give the charcoal-colored LOIOS monoliths additional character, the designer gave them patterned perforations on the outside, emitting starry light when the interiors are illuminated.