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Brief Published: 13 Dec 2010

MiNO’s Indoor Camping


Putting a new spin on the traditional hostel dormitory, Italian architect Antonio Ravalli Architetti has erected translucent fabric pods within the large floor space of a renovated hemp factory in Migliarino, Northern Italy. Akin to a series of tents, the pods create an experience close to indoor camping at the Ostello MiNO youth hostel.

Each of the four tents can accommodate two to three people, but their flexible nature means that they can also be collapsed to create an open space for events. An additional, economically prudent, bonus of the system is that the individual rooms can be air-conditioned or heated, while the main space uses natural airflow to heat and cool resulting in a high level of energy efficiency.

Antonio Ravalli