This interest is seen in Diogene, designed by Renzo Piano and created for Campus Vitra, and is linked to the need to reduce the building?s ecological impact to a minimum, creating a self-sufficient and sustainable minimalist housing unit that is just 2 m x 2 m and 3 m high.
It is acomplex work, with systems to collect and recycle rainwater, photovoltaic cells and solar panels, windows with triple glazing and a biological toilet. Inside, the furnishings are limited to a sofa bed, a folding table, a toilet and a little kitchen. The wooden structure, covered by steel panels with a saddle roof, recalls thearchetypal "house", but the rounded corners and façade covering make it immediately legible as a contemporary and complex product suitable for industrial mass production.
Design: Renzo Piano
Location: Weil am Rhein, Germany
Images: courtesy of Vitra