It's essentially an on-demand extra room—"a place to work, relax, read, meet, etc."—composed of a fixed rear module and a front module on casters, with the two connected by an arrangement of structural ribs joined with scissors mechanisms. A weatherproof canvas cover keeps the rain out.
Closed up, it occupies a footprint of about 25 square feet. Deployed, it offers roughly 90 square feet of space.
The rear module contains a built-in housing two nested tables, two nested chairs, open storage compartments, drawers, and a modicum of counter space. An electrical hook-up to the main structure provides juice for a coffeemaker and printer, while a plumbing hook-up loops into the sink.
In Tapia and Ruiz's vision, all of Iwi's pieces are CNC-cut and the unit would either arrive flatpacked for on-site assembly, or pre-assembled on a flatbed.
Obviously the unit is designed for a climate like Quito's—which is to say, mild—but Tapia and Ruiz told New Atlasthat "We are working on an Iwi for extreme weather and hope to launch it this year." The retail price, not including shipping, is USD $7,950.