SO – IL, the award-winning architecture practice, is based in Brooklyn. They know what density looks and feels like – and they have proven they can make a mark in the urban jungle. Though 'Breathe', their installation for MINI LIVING, was a completely different challenge. What can you do with only 80 square metres? Quite a bit, say SO – IL principals Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu and Ilias Papageorgiou. They have designed an airy home situated on a previously unused urban plot in Milan's Tortona District. Nestled between two industrial buildings and spread over three levels, the micro home's construction is made of a modular metal frame covered with a flexible, self-cleaning, light-permeable outer skin. Inside, the prototypical house is subdivided into rooms, with spiralling stairs leading up to a luscious roof garden. Not only is their construction visually appealing, it also focuses on sustainability with the outer textile layer being able to react organically to the environment. It therefore creates a deeper connection between the inhabitants, their home and nature.