Yesterday’s blog post took us on a tour of three futuristic homes conceived in the 1950s and 60s. While some speculations were wildly off base, others were startling accurate – shopping via TV and computer, anyone? Today we’re going to take a look at some contemporary visions of the homes of tomorrow. Be on the lookout for a handful of hi-tech features coming to a listing near you!
Microsoft’s Home of the <Not Too Distant> Future
Taking a tour of this future home is easy to do; you’ll just have to score an invitation to visit Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Center in Radmond, Washington. To enter, simply ring the doorbell, push a button on your cellphone or place your palm on the scanner. Or, easier still, click play on the video below.
The Strategic Prototype Team responsible for this home develops solutions for scenarios that they feel are anywhere from 3 to 10 years in the future, meaning that many of these innovations could be coming to homes in your area relatively soon. Get ready to write listing descriptions boasting “intuitive granite countertops” and “responsive interior design.”
Pearl: The Eco Open Sea Houseboat
For some, the future includes a vision of more sea-worthy homes. This conceptual design, created by industrial designer Orhan Cileli, invents a 4-level, geodesic, seaworthy, family home that adapts to varying environmental demands. On the top floor is a greenhouse that provides natural temperature reduction and improved air quality. The outer shell of the “house” directs rainwater into a filtration reservoir where it is recycled for use. Inside there is living space for a family of five. For more details about its internal gyroscopic frame and other futuristic features, click here.
Now this house is really far out. Protohouse 2.0 is a concept created by architecture collective Softkill Design utilizing new 3D printing technology. Components can be manufactured offsite at existing 3D printing plants – yes, the first prototype may be built this summer – crafted out of laser-sintered bioplastic that would then be “stuck” together, bypassing traditional building processes. Assembly will be a one-day job. Their goal was to produce a strong, efficient structure using the smallest amount of material. For more pictures, click here.
What do you think? With the popularity of energy-efficient homes, are any of these structures the next logical step? We’re having a hard time picturing a neighborhood that blends century old Victorians with plastic, cotton candy-style homes that were produced by a printer. That said, we’re definitely intrigued!
Share your visions for the listings of tomorrow below.