first_imgArchDaily Germany Diogene / Renzo Piano 2013 Houses CopySave this picture!© Renzo PianoThe design has its origins in a recurring fascination that Piano has had since his days as a student: the minimum space that a person can possibly live in. Returning to the theme around 10 years ago, Piano developed a prototype for a minimal space, which he dubbed Diogene as a reference to Diogenes of Sinope, the ancient Greek philosopher who was said to live in a barrel. Having developed his prototype despite having no particular client, the design was published in “Being Renzo Piano”, a monograph of the architect’s work. By fortuitous circumstance, Rolf Fehlbaum, the Chairman of Vitra, saw the design and the two met in 2010 as members of the Pritzker Prize jury, where they agreed to develop the project together.Save this picture!Photography by Julien Lanoo © VitraThis current incarnation is the result of that collaboration. With its own water collection and energy systems, the design is entirely self-contained and contains everything needed to live a simple lifestyle, all in a space small enough to be delivered on a truck. Constructed in timber, the pitched roof indicates the function of the tiny space, however the aluminium cladding and rounded edges hint at the technology which underpins the design’s self-sufficient nature. Inside, Diogene consists of a partitioned space featuring a pull-out sofa and folding table in one end, and a shower, toilet and kitchen in the other. As a Vitra product, Diogenes is intended to be a versatile unit that could serve as a weekend retreat, office or even placed in groups to form an informal hotel.Save this picture!© Renzo PianoHowever, these possibilties are still a little way off, as the current model is effectively the latest stage of prototyping. Situated on the lawn opposite VitraHaus, Vitra will open Diogene for public testing during Art Basel 2013, and use this testing period to inform the design’s development.Houses, Small Scale•Weil am Rhein, Germany Area:  7 m² Area:  7 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Diogene / Renzo PianoSave this projectSaveDiogene / Renzo Piano “COPY” Architects: Renzo Piano Building Workshop Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!Photography by Julien Lanoo © VitraText description provided by the architects. Over the years, furniture company Vitra has made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally-enlightened companies in the world, with their renowned campus featuring buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.Now, Vitra has announced a collaboration with Renzo Piano that will bridge the gap between their sought-after furniture and their bespoke campus. Diogene, a self contained minimal living space with a floor area of just 2.5 x 3.0 meters, is billed as “Vitra’s smallest building – but largest product”.More about the design of Diogene after the break + 9 Share “COPY” photographs:  Vitra, Renzo PianoPhotographs:  Vitra, Courtesy of Renzo PianoProject gallerySee allShow lessThe End of Car CultureArticles’Occupy Infrastructure’: MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Barkow …Unbuilt Project Share Projects Year:  CopyAbout this officeRenzo Piano Building WorkshopOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOtherSmall ScaleWeil am RheinVitraExperimental ArchitectureResidentialGermanyPublished on July 01, 2013Cite: “Diogene / Renzo Piano” 01 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Diogene, 一个关于蜗居的实验 / 伦佐皮亚诺工作室是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img

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