Designer and artist Michael Jantzen has created a series of transforming shelters that combine elements of architecture, sculpture and furniture. Jantzen's M-Velopes are made from panels that can be folded and positioned in different configurations to suit a wide range of uses. The flexible structures are crafted from sustainably grown timber, and they can now be purchased in a series of ten units.
Michael Jantzen‘s M-Velopes are based on the M-House, a reconfigurable structure that has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jantzen’s recent investigation into interactive, customizable structures generated a series of smaller units perfect for a wide range of uses.
Jantzen derived the form of his prefab M-Velopes through the subdivision of much simpler forms. The structures come with built-in furniture, and they can be transformed to provide more or less daylight, space, and ventilation by simply folding or unfolding panels. The pod-like buildings are made from painted and preserved sustainably grown wood, and they can serve as garden gazebos, art studios, personal retreats, and more.