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// Simon Boussard

Cubic respects the need for privacy experienced by young people in a hostel with shared bedrooms.

Young teenagers need their own space but for children in shared rooms, they often don’t have access to that personal space. An alternative solution in modern hostels is the replacement of shared rooms with private rooms, which leads to other problems. We decided to focus our research on the possibilities of recreating the privacy of an individual room in a large shared room.

This project involves the child not only as privileged user of the finished space but also as designer of his/her bedroom and personal space. A fun design kit specially adapted for children lets them create an area in line with their own aspirations, which they then validate with a youth worker before building it together using lightweight standard modules.

The modules can be used to create storage, seating, work surfaces, room dividers, etc.

The two biggest assets of Cubic are:

- it provides a quick and easy improvement in the material well-being of hostel rooms,
- it represents a personal achievement for each child through their personal investment in the design process of their surroundings.

Thanks to its lightweight structure, low cost and modularity, Cubic makes it possible to regularly refurbish the interiors of hostels or residential schools and helps each child assert their individuality and develop their independence in designing their own room.

Cubic offers a "Basic bedroom" kit which can be supplemented with additional modules which can be delivered by post thanks to their compact packaging (100 x 45 x 10 cm).

The pack includes a design kit which allows children to try out different arrangements and plan their future bedroom, before starting to assemble it by themselves.

Cubic is made up of single-material modules in cardboard (cheaply and quickly recycled), which is extremely strong and resistant thanks to a double wall honeycomb structure, a fireproof treatment and a waterproofing treatment.

The assembly parts are made of Polypropylene (PP) (99% recycled) and aluminium (80% recycled).

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