Australia-based design collective SIBLING has created a series of wooden sleeping pods within a large warehouse space. The project was initiated as part of an experimentation to explore alternative living arrangements which extends the boundaries of the conventional housing markets. The sleeping pods were built on a building site of one of SIBLING’s prospective project. The team decided to make productive use of the space during the design documentation rather than leaving the space empty.
These wooden sleeping pods are built from portal frame sections, connected by large steel threads. The sections can be dismantled and reassembled anywhere easily, which makes it a fully modular concept. The two dens created by designers Jonathan Brener and Qianyi Lim reflect the inhabitants’ personalities. The den designed by Qianyi consists of a space dedicated to be inhabited on the outside with open cut-outs providing views into the bedroom. A platform runs around the den’s perimeter, which provides a place for performance, prompted by the positioning of wardrobe, desk and shelving on the raised ground. On the other hand, the sleeping pod designed by Jonathan Brener is more introverted with two ply-clad walls that block the view into the interiors. Between the multi-sized shelving boxes stacked on one wall, three openings provide views through the shelves towards the exterior in order to allow light deep into the den…These transient dwellings encourage us to reconsider our needs, rectify our consumerist attitude and inspire us to follow a minimalist lifestyle.