So, rather than a product, Stefano Boeri Architetti are proposing an unusual place in which to live. The presence of the lemon tree is at the same time a spatial, mnemonic and symbolic reference around which familiar and convivial relationships can gather: an increasingly complex and variable network, able to change according to the multiple life stories of those taking part. The tree, the table and the cooking top can be perceived as a single catalytic element around which to remember or imagine stories, anecdotes, shared memories or culinary secrets. Not just a kitchen, but a domestic device for collecting and narrating everything that happens around it.
As in the case of the top, the “vital design” of the system is also created through the dynamism of the component parts which follow and interpret the changing of the lives that surround them. Thanks to a mechanical device at the base of the vase, hidden inside the block, the tree is in fact able to rotate following the direction of the sunlight and take full advantage of it. At the same time, the microclimate of the oasis is augmented by a continuous and controlled irrigation plant that works off the kitchen water system and an artificial lighting system that incorporates the natural one.
From the material and figurative point of view, the tree should not be considered an added element but intrinsic to the design language. In contrast to the chromatic and formal exuberance of the emerging greenery, the base is in fact treated as a large-scale abstract and “mineral” body, hence the primary compositional system, the neutral finishes (the base can have a natural or anthracite stainless steel coating, or wood painted in lime or anthracite hues), but also the marked bevelling of the four corners which softens the visual and volumetric impact thereby making it less aggressive and blunt.
This coexistence of inert materials and discreet forms removes the base from any allusion to the biological world, establishing a precise distinction from the plant organism it contains and protects. The distance between these two natures conceptually “preserves” the tree in a timeless dimension, accentuating its new nature at the heart of the house.