Luigi Colani house: modular house with rotor as a vision of the future
German designer Luigi Colani is known for reinventing everyday objects through his extravagant designs. In addition to bicycles, beer glasses and cars, he has now ventured to create his own Colani House. And in the process, as you would expect from him, caused quite a stir.
His concept is his vision of the house of the future. The Colani house is no more than 36 square meters in size. Quite untypical of the Berlin designer, the outer wooden façade of the living cube appears relatively unagitated. His signature can already be seen in the rounded edges and windows. Apart from that, the exterior differs only slightly from contemporary modular buildings by other manufacturers.
This changes abruptly when you enter the interior. The centerpiece: a motor-driven rotor. This contains a sleeping, cooking and bathing niche. The round base of the drum can be rotated at the touch of a button until the desired element appears. Hard to believe? Take a look for yourself:
The future in four walls
At the push of a button, the rotor of the rotating platform can be set in motion. Until the desired element appears kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. Despite the small footprint, the interior design of the house thus varies. The aim is to create as much variety as possible on a small footprint. The toilet is located in a separate room. In addition to the rotating rotor, the single house consists of a single room. Otherwise, the interior is typical Colani: round shapes, no corners, no edges.
Smaller is not better. But smart and small is,” says Luigi Colani about his smart modular house. The Berliner, whose first name is actually Lutz, assumes that the house of the future will have little living space. According to the housing situation in his hometown of Berlin, it is important to respond to rising real estate prices and increasing housing shortages with a modern house. With his designer house, the Berliner wants to ensure that, despite cramped conditions, there is no feeling of being cramped.
Series production still open
The futuristic-looking house interior is located on an area of 6 by 6 meters. One side consists of a glass front. Here is the entrance. The ventilation of the toilet is inconspicuously integrated into the slats of the wooden facade. A huge porthole in the facade adjacent to the entrance provides a bright interior. The WC has a smaller window.
The Colani house was developed by the designer together with the German prefabricated house manufacturer HANSE HAUS. This is initially an architectural study. If demand is high, the living box is to go into series production. We are curious and will report further.