Every year at IMM Cologne, a designer is asked to build what they believe is the house of the future. Called Das Haus, this year's concept was contributed by Italian designer Luca Nichetto, who borrowed elements of design from modernist architecture in California and Japan and from Carlo Scarpa to create a striking new home that is positively brimming with greenery.
Concerned to eliminate the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors, Nichetto designed a home that has plants everywhere: on shelves, in the bathroom, on the walls and there is even a small interior vegetable garden. Thyme and Rosemary plants grow in the kitchen and the living room is the home’s “green lung,” with tall evergreen trees that create a natural boundary between separate functions.
Defined by semi enclosed walls and large window openings, Das Haus is finished off with natural materials such as oak and handmade concrete that comes in soothing neutral colors. Bright, airy and furnished with many of Nichetto’s own designs, this striking dwelling has been constructed with the dual aim of achieving optimum efficiency and earth friendliness.
Photos by Constantin Meyer and Koelnmesse