On a spectacular day, half an hour outside of the city, the designers and journalists met among rice fields in the Albufera national park to discuss the history and future of design and to learn about the initial concept of the MUT project.
It is exactly with this kind of spirit and inspiration that the MUT team aim to play with these concepts of inside/outside and public/private. Especially in the age where many city dwellers, not just hippies, students or the elderly, are searching for communal and socially-minded urban housing. The concept that the team presented was quite vague still, so as to surprise us in January in Cologne, but our imaginations were allowed to work with the form that was presented – four conical spaces tucked in together, creating these four ‘rooms’ that were open out towards the environment (and surrounded by a body of water), and one internal courtyard. These four spaces, despite not having a program entirely set in stone, were reserved for cleansing, resting cooking and had an active area, while the courtyard is reserved for contemplation and stillness.
We’d like to congratulate the MUT team and say that we look forward to what will be presented at Das Haus in Cologne in January of 2020. Stay tuned.