The designers of the project are a fresh Valencian design studio – MUT Design. Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón, who founded the studio in 2010, aimed to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living, deeply inspired by the Spanish climate and way of living. Open on all sides to enjoy the view of the surroundings and to let in natural light into all its spaces, Das Haus 2020 at imm Cologne, which was designed alongside the artistic direction of Dirk Spierenburg  is reminiscent of a classic pavilion, formed by the combination of a circle and a square with a large glass façade.

The structure of Das Haus seems to be upside down. The central area for retreat, the ‘refuge’, is surrounded by four veranda-like spaces: a room for relaxation and dressing, an activity area, a kitchen and an area for personal hygiene. “Our intention was to soften the boundaries between indoors and outdoors,” says Alberto Sánchez of MUT Design, summarising the concept. The Spanish design team has therefore not only brought a piece of nature into the home – they have moved home life itself outdoors. “A bathroom in the open air exerts an immense fascination,” says Eduardo Villalón. “We can imagine that the experience of the warm summer has not only made outdoor kitchens more popular, but also increased the desire to experiment with outdoor bathrooms.”

At first glace, it seems like the design would be ideal for just a holiday home. Upon a longer ponder, however, it seems that life in direct contact with nature is becoming increasingly popular among city dwellers who wish to move away from the overcrowded, fast-paced cities. It could be seen as slightly extreme, but maybe it’s exactly a revolution that we need when it comes to how we consider our relationship with nature and our environment. “Life on the Mediterranean is synonymous with life outdoors. Since time immemorial, our homes have always incorporated an element of nature into their interiors,” MUT Design explain.

Traditionally, the patio has been a shaded inner courtyard that forms the organisational centre in Mediterranean architecture. Social life also revolves around this hybrid space. However, in their concept for Das Haus, MUT Design have turned this structure around: although the centre still appears to be the backbone of the house and is filled with daylight, the actual function of the patio as an integrated open-air space has been relocated to the outside.

To bring the outdoor way of life into the interior of their concept for the home, Das Haus by MUT Design will be furnished with quality garden furniture. A series of new products were developed for this, which will celebrate their premieres at imm cologne 2020. They include a hammock, an outdoor rug and a room divider by GAN, a rattan chair by Expormim or a chair by Diabla. The new outdoor chair for Gandia Blasco and MUT Design’s new developments for Cappellini (a chair), Sancal (a pouffe) and Preciosa Lighting (a pendant lamp) as well as MUT’s addition to the Nudo series for Ex.t were chosen to bring the snug cosiness of interior spaces into the outdoors. The central lamp assumes a special importance. Like a light well, it simulates the incidence of natural light from the sun as it travels across the sky in the course of a day. “The light is designed to stream freely through the open areas and swim on the water. It acts as a frame and a thread that ties the whole structure together,” explains MUT Design. The new convex-shaped tiles by Peronda provide a consistent covering for the walls and floors. The colours and materials are soft and simple: sand, terracotta, white — a blend of a modern, rustic style and minimalism.