Comfort in a terraced house

Task 2013 - 2015

The kitchen should last a lifetime and meet all changing requirements. Built from durable materials, equipped with robust technology and economical in terms of consumption and resource-saving and environmentally friendly in terms of production and
disposal, it should be natural, and ecology and sustainability are its strengths anyway. Not only does the number of users change over time, but it also has to be able to withstand and support cooking habits and user requirements of all kinds.

How is convenience defined in the kitchen? DER KREIS ANJA SCHAIBLE STIFTUNG posed this question to students of design, interior architecture and applied health sciences. Rather than thinking and working in traditional solution categories or design disciplines, the guiding principles should be interdisciplinarity, teamwork, flexibility, openness and curiosity.


The student concepts


Shopping, preparing and cooking belong together. For me, a kitchen for life means a kitchen that has direct contact with the outside world. This is a kitchen that not only meets its users every day, but also communicates with other objects. The concept offers the user of such a kitchen the opportunity to transport everyday kitchen utensils and food in the kitchen space without much effort and helps to keep the work surface as free as possible. Additional convenience is provided by the independence of transportation: the container can be removed from the kitchen at any time and taken anywhere: to the dining room, outside for a barbecue or even for shopping.


The depth of the cupboard can be divided to make better use of the storage space and provide a better overview. This is particularly advantageous for tall units. If the usual carcase depth of 55 cm is divided into 35 cm and 20 cm, kitchen utensils that are not used so frequently are stored at the back and items used daily, such as plates, cups, bowls and glasses, are stored at the front. If there is sufficient space, it is also possible to place a 20 cm deep shelf in front of a 55 cm deep carcase to create additional storage space

LED pictograms

The idea is that users can find their way around more easily using pictograms. They are easily recognizable for everyone. A pictogram is a single symbol that conveys information through a simplified graphic representation. This is particularly advantageous when different people are working in the same kitchen. The clear labelling maintains clarity and the principle of order.


The project "The kitchen at the center of life" deals with the kitchen as such in connection with the increasing need for comfort of its users. The aim of my design is to turn the kitchen into a place for this target group where users can continue to work independently with pleasure and motivation into old age without encountering any barriers.


Wismar University of Applied Sciences, Departments of Interior Architecture Professor Achim Hack and Design Professor Volker Zölch

Furtwangen University, Department of Applied Health Sciences,
Professor Dr. rer. cur. Peter König

Ballerina Küchen

with the kind support of:
AEG, Duravit, Hettich, Gambrow&Widmer, Küchen Preusser, Küchenhaus Pfleiderer