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Ideal House

  • Cologne, Germany
  • 2007 – 2007
  • 2007 Cologne Furniture Fair, German Design Council
  • Complete
  • 200m2
  • Volume: 400m3 (polystyrol)
  • Structure: 6 tons (steel)
  • Base: 200m² (wood)
  • Production Time: 5 weeks
  • Assembly: 10 days

The studio has a longstanding interest in the design of spaces for living, in particular in reinventing the contemporary model of the ideal home – Ideal House Cologne was a unique opportunity to pursue this line of work by experimenting on a smaller, more temporary scale. Responding to a shift in the way people perceive housing design, with aesthetic qualities now as prized as functionality, the project married form and function to propose a new, more organic kind of ‘machine for living’. Its design was a built manifesto for Hadid’s vision of future housing, which challenged the familiar composition of living spaces to inspire new patterns of use.

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Architect

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect

Woody Yao

Design Team

Melodie Leung, Eddie Can, Daniel Baerlecken, Muthahar Khan