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Cozy Cabins

Small modular, adjoining "cabins" that fit within the footprint of a standard parking space.

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Adjoining cozy "cabins" with radiant floor heating, designed to fit within the footprint of a standard parking space. 



Idea Title

Cozy Cabins

Company / organization name (if applicable)

ASD | SKY

Website (if applicable)

https://www.asdsky.com/

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Our modular design was inspired by ice fishing huts and warm, glowing cabins. These individual “cabins” fit into the footprint of a parking space, rely on radiant floor heat for warmth, and can be replicated to fit multiple spaces. They are built of standard materials that cab be set up for easy prototyping and replicating. The transparent windows make diners feel part of the community while safely social distancing from other diners.

Solution Overview

Our modular design was inspired by ice fishing huts and warm, glowing cabins. These individual “cabins” fit into the footprint of a parking space, rely on radiant floor heat for warmth, and can be replicated to fit multiple spaces. They are built of standard materials that cab be set up for easy prototyping and replicating. The transparent windows make diners feel part of the community while safely social distancing from other diners. 

Feasibility

The design is based on simple materials including wood, corrugated metal, polycarbonate plastic, and standard framing hardware. It does not require special materials to assemble. The design has been fitted to a standard 9' x 18' parking space layout so it can be implemented in a parklet format, utilizing the existing parking spots in front of restaurants. The standard size can be easily replicated to fit one or more parking spots.

Technical Overview

Transparency allows for guests to feel part of the community while remaining socially distant from other diners. The glowing, warm cabin interiors provide an inviting environment to draw Chicagoans to dine out in the winter months. Radiant heating can keep the cabins warm while vents near the ceiling will allow for air circulation. Simple materials and framing makes the cabins ready to be prototyped immediately at full scale. The design was created to fit three within one parking space, and can be replicated where more space is available. 

Equity

The design is meant to be low cost, ADA accessible, and a model that can be replicated throughout parking spaces in any neighborhood in the city. We ask the City of Chicago to work with restaurants to provide access to parking spaces.

Prototyping

Radiant heating can keep the cabins warm while vents near the ceiling will allow for air circulation. Simple materials and framing makes the cabins ready to be prototyped immediately at full scale. The design was created to fit three within one parking space, and can be replicated where more space is available. 

User Research

We based our design on comments from residents of Chicago and restaurant owners describing what they would like to see for dining in the winter months. 

Covid-19 Safety

Our design separates restaurant diners and promotes social distancing. The furniture, walls, and floors are wipe-able surfaces that can be cleaned between guests. Air vents near the ceiling promote fresh air circulation. 

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

ASD | SKY is honored to participate in Chicago’s Winter Design Challenge. We are a creative firm committed to integrated and contextual design. We provide design services based on each of our client’s functional needs and culture, while incorporating sustainable practices into each project. We have over ten offices around the U.S. with our headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Our small team for this project included Architects, Interior Designers, and Environmental Graphic Designers.

Please describe your legal or organizational structure

C-Corporation

In what city are you / your team located?

Atlanta, GA and San Francisco, CA

In what country are you / your team located?

United States

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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