Culinary-Centered Symbiotic Space


Whirlpool & Elmar recently exhibited their 2009 Green Living Kitchen design at the Milan Furniture Fair. The kitchen space is integrated and eco-friendly, fusing each section of the space to reuse energy and water. Website INHABITAT describes the kitchen as:

“an advanced kitchen where wasted water or heat from one appliance is reused in a second. For example, warm refrigerator coils are used to heat water for the dishwasher. Waste water is recycled to water wall of plants and spices…this integrated kitchen will divert 60% of the water and heat generated from appliances to fuel other appliances. It is expected that this kitchen would save 24% on a homeowner’s energy bill.”
“The concept was originally created by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba for Whirlpool and Elmar to bring together technology and ecology. ELMAR strives to create innovative design solutions that are functional, ergonomic and high-quality. They are well known for their work using high temperature treated wood in the kitchen, which makes it water-repellent and more durable. The appliances and technology are supplied by Whirlpool, whose 6th Sense Technology minimizes the use of water, energy and time.”


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2 Responses to “Culinary-Centered Symbiotic Space”

  1. Point of inquiry: wouldn’t the waste water recycled to the plants kill the plants, as it would already have dishwashing detergent? Or would the detergent used be biocompatible and nontoxic?

  2. I’m not sure, I couldn’t find any other descriptions of the design save the one featured. But, I could imagine that there is a filtration device embedded within the system.

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