Every year at the IMM Cologne international furnishing show, a talented designer is chosen to showcase their personal version of the ideal home of the future - Das Haus. This year, Copenhagen-based designer Louise Campbell created the "0-100 Home" to ensure compatibility between men and women living under the same roof. She achieves this in part by removing walls and other conventionally defined zones in this stylish, minimalist design.
Representing two individual bodies that have merged together at a rectangular overlap in the middle, the structure combines two intersecting timber-framed buildings with large openings at each end rather than doorways. Clad in larch shingles with multi-colored edges, the perforated roof follows an alternating diamond pattern, illuminating the industrial-like interior. On the inside, the open plan 240 square meter home has exposed beams and columns, but little else in terms of decoration besides the various hanging lamps and sparce furniture scattered throughout the minimalistic space. There’s a large “gender-free” kitchen space that doubles as a work shop (with 573 tools on a white pegboard, to be exact) and curiously, an upside-down canoe hanging above the rafters.
The grey and white color scheme and strategic fabric placement throughout the home distinguishes each room as the designer chose to eliminate all interior walls. “There are no walls dividing the various zones, only soft textiles that can be rolled up or down as desired,” said Campbell. According to the designer, the two colors also represent the path to masculine and feminine unity within the home. The long dining table, which sits in the center of the interior, is where the two genders meet. Further redefining spatial norms, a continuous line of beds run along one side of the wall and a 100-year-old stoneware bathtub is placed in the middle of the living area. According to Campbell, the 0-100 Home is the ideal house for a healthy marriage – one without secrets or pressures.