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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.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect

Woody Yao

Design Team

Melodie Leung, Eddie Can, Daniel Baerlecken, Muthahar Khan