As apartments and flats get smaller, the demand for compact and modular home furnishings consequently goes up. The latest of the bunch is the Ecooking, a vertical, modular kitchen that packs a number of appliances and storage spaces into a neat, floor-standing structure.
Designed by Massimo Facchinetti, Ecooking serves as a hub for sustainable cooking. The design emphasizes energy saving and retrieval systems so that energy isn’t wasted when it’s in use. For starters, the entire kitchen is powered by energy produced by solar panels mounted on the system – taking advantage of skylights when possible.
A small vertical garden is installed on one wall of the module, so you can plant herbs and select produce to use in your dishes. Water from the sink is run through a filter, where it is used to run the dishwasher afterwards, saving water in the process.
Other features include a retractable tap that disappears into the sink when you’re not using it; a rotating hood that follows you around the room while you do your thing; and an air treatment system in the hood that purifies ambient air.