Dutch Design Week 2011: Philips Design in Eindhoven present a conceptual self-sufficient home that converts sewage and rubbish into power.
The Microbial Home would function as a biological machine, using the waste from one area of the home to power another and creating a cyclical ecosystem.
A bio-digester kitchen island would break down solid bathroom waste and vegetable peelings into methane, while plastic packaging would be broken down by fungus.
Fresh food would be stored in an evaporative cooler and part of the dining table, while honey could be harvested from an urban beehive.
Five models of the system are on show at Piet Hein Eek’s gallery as part of Dutch Design Week, which continues until 30 October. You can see all our coverage of the event here.
Previous Philips Design Probes feature tableware that glows when food is placed on it and a machine that prints food.