I live in the heart of the city, but I often feel my heart longs for a quiet cabin in the woods to work from, the mechanical intrusion of traffic replaced by the hushed sighs of trees. Diogene, a minimalist cabin studio designed by Renzo Piano and RPBW for Vitra, was designed with this romantic notion in mind, furnished in Vitra style...
Designed for self-sufficiency as a backyard home office or weekend getaway, the 2.5 x 3 meter Diogene is a machine for living and working in photovoltaic cells and solar modules power the home, a rainwater tank collects water for use, a biological toilet takes care when nature beckons...together, the space is a technologically-equipped refuge for modern day Thoreaus, designed with future prefabrication in mind:
Diogene has many possible uses: It can serve as a little weekend house, as a “studiolo”, as a small office. It can be placed freely in nature, but also right next to one’s workplace, or even as a simplified version in the middle of an open space office. However, it is also conceivable to erect groups of houses, e.g. as an informal hotel or guest house. Diogene is so small that it functions as the ideal retreat, but purposely does not cater for all needs to the same extent. Communication, for instance, will take place elsewhere – and thus Diogene also invites you to redefine the relationship between the individual and society.