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Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House

Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Vitra’s carefully curated campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, contains works by Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Jean Prouvé, among other top-tier designers. Now the venerable Swiss furniture company has added a tiny prefab house by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to the mix. In 2013, Vitra unveiled Diogene, a 43-square-foot prototype.

In keeping with the no-frills lifestyle of its ancient Greek namesake, the philosopher Diogenes, the house consists of only one room. A slim, ultra-efficient layer of insulation is sandwiched between the cabin’s wood frame and aluminum skin. “The house is really minimal,” says Vitra project manager Aja Huber. “It’s a life where you have to think, do you want the sofa or the bed?”

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Ogaki House by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates

Ogaki House by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This geometric design is influenced by the surroundings and the conditions of the site.

In winter seasons, the strong west wind (the fall wind of Ibuki) blows, so the design suppresses the load of the building by extending its roof up to the close to the ground soil and fending off cold winds at the roof. In summer seasons, the structure discharges the accumulated heat inside to the outside through the void of the inner court.

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