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This Fabric Cocoon Home Measures, Well, Zero Square Feet

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With all the hullabaloo over micro homes these days—the quest to build not the largest or tallest structure but rather what's essentially the smallest one—it was only a manner of time before somebody designed a home that was, practically speaking, zero square feet, which is exactly the selling point of the super slim fabric Cocoon, a student project by Tanya Shukstenlinsky over at Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Shukstelinsky sewed together two pieces of fabric in a way that creates a hanging sleeping space (accessible via fabric "stairs"), plus a table and pseudo-functional ("fillable" is the adjective used) bathtub. Each living arrangement takes up only the amount of space of its resident between the sheets.

"This concept of a vertical and narrow dwelling can be used in dense urban spaces with expensive real estate. I think, it is definitely possible to live in such construction," Shukstelinsky wrote in an email to Co.Exist. "It is light, flexible, portable, doesn't need much space. I think it can be real space for temporary staying."

Of course, it seems like a nightmare for those who don't like being constantly swaddled in a fabric envelope. Even more terrifying is this description by Co.Exist: "I can't help but think of a dystopian future in which maybe, just maybe, we all live in soft, flexible filing cabinets of these things." Yeah, we'll stick with the closet-sized mobile home or Mongolian hut, thanks.

· Rent Too Damn High? Try This High-Concept Cocoon [Co.Exist]
· All Micro Homes posts [Curbed National]