MINI Australia is driving a new venture in micro-schools in Australia. MINI partnered with non-governmentalorganisation I-Manifest and Habitus to create the MINI Living and I-Manifest School of Design. An innovative education platform, the micro-schools enable students to work alongside leading industry professionals. The micro-school was inspired by the MINI Living concepts launched in Milan and London in 2016.
Guided by award-winning architects Miriam Green of Tribe Studio and Nicholas Gurney, students were tasked to explore the future of living spaces in resource-conscious and compact footprint cities. “We were excited to introduce the MINI Living philosophy in Australia through a localised and collaborative project with I-Manifest,” MINI Australia general manager Tony Sesto says. “MINI Living is all about creating innovative communal spaces of the future.”
The student-designed concept was a structure influenced by Green and Gurney using rope instead of solid walls, which created a transparent space. This represented the boundaries between private and shared spaces in inner-city, high-density dwellings. Minimalist design and multi-functional furniture were used. Students curated Australian pieces from Sydney studios including Design By Them, SP01, Rogerseller and Tait.
I-Manifest students represent over 67 cultural backgrounds from across the globe, many first or second generation refugees who now call Sydney home. “Creating a sustainable future with a healthy capacity for design depends hugely on two factors – an investment in education and the recognition of cultural trends,” Habitus deputy editor Holly Cunneen says. At the MINI Living School of Design, industry leaders help educate the next generation to build cities and spaces in which they will want to live.”