Dirk Biotto

April / April - 2018

Universität der Künste Berlin


TRIO is a three-part, self-sufficient kitchen, which reduces itself to the essential elements of cooking: preparing, cooking itself and washing.

What is the Topic?

Studies predict ever-widening cities with at the same time denser housing, whereby the real living space per capita becomes smaller. In addition, people's needs, values and beliefs regarding housing and work are changing. This leads to new housing and living concepts in which different (living) spaces approach or merge. TRIO is a result of these changes. Detached from architectural conditions, it no longer needs a kitchen space, but allows every room to become in some parts a kitchen.

Why does it look like this?

The dissolution of the kitchen space has the consequence that with this not only the space (in the sense of storage and working space) dissolves per se, but also all connections such as water or electricity supply disappear. However, to be able to cook it requires three key elements, which are expressed in TRIO's three free standing objects: washing, preparing and cooking. The reduction to the core elements is also expressed in TRIO's minimalist design.

What is special?

The reduction to the core elements of a kitchen and the object-like appearance makes TRIO recognizable as a kitchen only at second glance. Due to the lack of kitchen infrastructure and the associated autarchy the available resources such as water are limited. This limitation and also the limited available storage space forces the user to handle the resources more consciously.

What is new?

TRIO breaks through its formal language with the prevailing idea of a conventional kitchen and questions the kitchen space and its future. What makes a kitchen in the first place a kitchen and what elements must actually be present so that we consider it as a kitchen?