Belgian zoning regulations stipulate that a structure up to 21m², built within a radius of 30 metres of a legally approved structure, can be built without an architect or building permit. This regulation – covering porches, carports and garden houses – was initially implemented to leave authorities free to concentrate on more important matters. Knowing that an ordinary all-in hotel room covers 20m², this zoning regulation opens up unforeseen potential in ‘emancipating’ these ‘second level’ constructions. Hence Cell came into being.
In addition to an intensified outdoor use (freestanding or attached to another structure), Cell can be used indoors as well. Its distinctive star-shaped volume accommodates various programmatic scenarios and contextual encounters. Cell is available in two versions: a basic version (plywood and polycarbonate) and a posh version (aluminium honeycomb structure with acrylate finishing).