Despite being the design genius behind extravagant projects such as The Shard and the Pompidou Centre, Renzo Piano maintains a keen awareness of the usefulness of space and demonstrates this consideration with the work-in-progress Diogene. Christened after the philosopher Diogenes who was said to have made a barrel his ascetic abode, the minimalist house at the Vitra Campus offers a space for spiritual silence within its simple, self-contained form. Behind its aluminum panels and within the rounded corners of the retreat, a warm wooden interior supports the sustainable simple life, accomplished by the careful engineering and planning of plumbing and wiring as revealed through a classic exploded axonometric… furniture included.

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Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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