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If energy means more than the pure technical fact, then the life inside the house becomes an important design tool. Life around the wall is the s… Read More
If energy means more than the pure technical fact, then the life inside the house becomes an important design tool. Life around the wall is the synthesis of Nin Lil’s approach to energy. The cozy atmosphere of the fireplaces and the stove makes the wall the centre of collective activities in the house: the kitchen, the madjong room, the TV room. The heating wall is connected to the stove through a chimney collecting the wood combustion exhausts. Still, the kitchen’s centre, the stove, combines modernity and tradition. Preserving the existing outfit and interaction with the cooking process, this stove offers the possibility to both prepare traditional wood tasting food and having a faster cooking process through a gas system. The position of the stove and the additional cutting surfaces encourage social interaction, since there is enough space for several people to take part in the preparation of meals. Moreover, the existing sink is preserved and included in the new kitchen design. The wall supports both the collective life and the heating system. While at the ground floor the cooking process is still a resource for heating, at the upper floors a combination of tradition and modernity provide thermal comfort. The ancient technique of fireplaces, buffering and convection chambers is combined to form a water based pipe system and a boiler. The wood exhausts coming from the stove contribute to heating the boiler’s water thanks to a booster pipe. Read Less
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"The kitchen is the main space of my house. It's close to the yard. I usually spend my day in the garden. I don't need to buy vegetables. I eat what my garden offers me".
STOVE
A synthesis of existing qualities and new needs.
The center of social interaction and a potencial for comfort improvement.
Flexible stove design can function with wood/straw or gas (fuel). 
This way, traditional chinese cooking process is preserved, and covers new city cooking times.
"When I have guests we play in madjong room. It's next to the kitchen, and the smoke doesn't damage the tissue of the madjong table.
The daughters sleeping rooms are always prepared for occasional visits...I like to decorate the windows with curtains and the doors with the weeding portrait of my daughters".
HEATING SYSTEM

Cooking heat is taken for heating upstairs rooms
Published on January, 2010.
http://www.hkb.li/thekitchenproject/index.php