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Renzo Piano’s ‘Diogene’ Tiny Home Proves This Architect Can Think Big In A Small Space (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

When it comes to amazing architects, Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano is up there with the greats. After all, he did design The Shard in London, Europe’s largest skyscraper. But Piano has always had a deep appreciation for small structures too. Very small. So we weren’t surprised to learn about “Diogene,” a tiny home designed by the man himself.

Located in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the 81-square-foot home was created for furniture company Vitra. It is divided into two areas by a partition: A living room and a utility area with a shower, toilet and small kitchen. The space also has a fold-out table, pull-out sofa and storage tucked away throughout.

According to Vitra’s website, Piano said he has been fascinated by minimalist living for years. “This little house is the final result of a long, long journey partially driven by desires and dreams, but also by technicality and a scientific approach,” Piano said.

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Pritzker Prize winner Ito seeks ideas in nature

When he says why he especially likes Sendai Mediatheque, the public library that ranks among his most famous works, Toyo Ito, the Japanese architect awarded the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, says he likes to see people napping and relaxing inside the transparent structure.

Ito, the sixth Japanese to win the honor likened to a Nobel Prize for architecture, said Monday that the field needs to evolve to suit changing times, to “be more open to nature.”

“Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand,” Ito said at one of his offices in Tokyo, a strictly functional place whose only frills were the lavish bouquets of orchids, lilies and other blooms sent to congratulate him for the award.

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