An incredible amount of design and engineering work hide behind the minimalist skin of this tiny house. It’s been made to exist autonomously, providing water & power through rainwater collection & solar panels – while taking care of the waste produced by its inhabitants. The furniture, mechanicals, and living space are all part of the same fully integrated unit.
It was originally conceived by designed by Renzo Piano but in its current form combines the results of a collaboration between several companies, designers, and engineers. The inspiration comes from an accumulation of sources from Henry David Thoreau to Corbusier’s Cabanon. The name Diogene comes from antique philosopher Diogenes – legend says he lived in a barrel because he thought worldly luxuries to be superfluous.
This prototype of a future productized tiny house is on display on the Vitra Campus in Germany from June 12th through July 17th. In 2014 three variations should become available to buyers looking for a micro home, studio, retreat, or garden office.