Tanya Shukstelinsky's Cocoon project from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.
As simple as sewing a flat line-drawing onto a square of fabric, Tanya Shukstlinsky's Cocoon distills micro-housing down to just fabric and thread. The space between two sheets of cloth is made inhabitable by defining simple spaces and circulation with stitches; producing multi-story "residence" that includes areas for dining, sleeping, and bathing (although we're not entirely sure how that last one works...).
This project came out of a 2012 studio at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem that focused on creating private space in a public areas. Expanding on this idea, Shukstlinsky describes her project as "a vertical and narrow dwelling [that] can be used in dense urban spaces with expensive real estate [providing] temporary living spaces for urban nomads." Addressing the issue of plumbing and electricity, she made further adjustments in 2013 and presented an updated design for her graduate project. The simplicity of this washing-line construction makes Cocoon a tantalizing concept for affordable urban housing, especially considering it only takes up the width of the inhabitant.
Tanya Shukstelinsky's project for the 2012 'Cocoon' studio at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.
2013 version of Cocoon presented for Tanya Shukstelinsky's graduate show. All images courtesy of Tanya Shukstelinsky