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07/30/2013 03:15 pm ET

Renzo Piano's 'Diogene' Tiny Home Proves This Architect Can Think Big In A Small Space (PHOTOS)

When it comes to amazing architects, Pritzker Prize-winner Renzo Piano is up there with the greats. After all, he did design The Shard in London, Europe's largest skyscraper. But Piano has always had a deep appreciation for small structures too. Very small. So we weren't surprised to learn about "Diogene," a tiny home designed by the man himself.

Located in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the 81-square-foot home was created for furniture company Vitra. It is divided into two areas by a partition: A living room and a utility area with a shower, toilet and small kitchen. The space also has a fold-out table, pull-out sofa and storage tucked away throughout.

According to Vitra's website, Piano said he has been fascinated by minimalist living for years. “This little house is the final result of a long, long journey partially driven by desires and dreams, but also by technicality and a scientific approach,” Piano said.

Although this is just a prototype, according to The New York Times, Diogene is set to be produced in three years and will cost interested buyers about $45,000.

Click through our slideshow to see photos of the home, and be sure to head over to Renzo Piano's site for more information.

H/T the Daily Mail.

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The wooden Diogene house
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The wooden Diogene house

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