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TIKKU Micro-apartment / Marco Casagrande

  • 02:00 - 13 October, 2017
TIKKU Micro-apartment / Marco Casagrande
TIKKU Micro-apartment / Marco Casagrande, © Jenni Gästgivar
© Jenni Gästgivar

© Jenni Gästgivar © Nikita Wu © Nikita Wu © Nikita Wu + 37

  • C-LAB Team

    Nikita Wu, Taijirou Okuda
  • Construction Work

    Woodpolis Kuhmo
  • Structural Design

    Timber Bros
  • Organizer

    Helsinki Design Week
  • Curator

    Martina Wuoristo-Huhta
  • In Co-Operation With

    CrossLam Kuhmo, Woodpolis, City of Kuhmo, Profin, Plantagen, Sponda, PEFC, Kainuu Vocational College
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Nikita Wu
© Nikita Wu

“Tikku ('stick') can be built in one night. It takes a stand for the urban planning of the future: as cities grow denser, there is a need to find more agile ways of building and spatial solutions. In an insightful way, Tikku demonstrates the development of cities and a future vision of combining different spaces. A dense urban structure that combines different purposes offers new opportunities for developing communality and brings life to cities when buildings can also be used outside of office hours. A micro apartment building also sets for us an example of a future," says Anita Riikonen, Marketing and Brand Manager at Sponda.


TIKKU is a micro-apartment building with a foot-print of one car parking place 2,5 x 5 meters. It is assembled out of CLT cross-laminated timber spatial modules and can be erected on site overnight at any car-city of the world. Where ever a car can go, Tikku can grow.

© Jenni Gästgivar
© Jenni Gästgivar

Tikku is a safe-house for neo-archaic biourbanism, a contemporary cave for a modern urban nomad. It will offer privacy, safety and comfort. All the rest of the functions can be found in the surrounding city.

© Jenni Gästgivar
© Jenni Gästgivar

Tikku is a needle of urban acupuncture, conquering the no-man’s land from the cars and tuning the city towards the organic. Many Tikkus can grow side-by-side like mushrooms and they can fuse into larger organisms.

© Jenni Gästgivar
© Jenni Gästgivar

Tikku is self-sufficient. It produces its own energy with solar panels and it has dry toilets. Fresh water is carried in. Showers, saunas, laundry machines and food is around. Modern man has to die a bit in order to be reborn.

© Nikita Wu
© Nikita Wu

CLT is 5 times lighter that reinforced concrete. With normal streets Tikku does not require any foundation, it will just simply stand on the street. There is a sand-box in bottom balancing the building. 10 cm CLT is plenty for the structure and 20 cm CLT is sufficient even for cold winters. No added insulation is needed.

© Jenni Gästgivar
© Jenni Gästgivar

The functions and combinations of the spatial modules are endless. For example: room, green-house, office, shop, kitchen, sauna, dojo, workshop, hotel-room, knitting etc.

© Nikita Wu
© Nikita Wu

The first 1:1 scale prototype of the Tikku was realized for the Helsinki Design Week 2017 outside of Atheneum in the heart of Helsinki. This Tikku had 3 floors: sleeping, working and green-house.

“Without his Tikku, modern man is just a common ape.”  

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Marco Casagrande
Cite: "TIKKU Micro-apartment / Marco Casagrande" 13 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Jenni Gästgivar

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