Futuristic Homes: Design of the future
Of all of the buildings that follow, it is highly unlikely that one would ever be built in the location of any of the others. Individuality and the courage to be different will determine the living trends of the future. Ever seen a house that looks like a sushi roll? Thought not. Read on to learn about this and two other visionary projects.
Villa: F – Opulent waves in harmony with the environment
Prof. Martin Schroth’s work as an architect and as a professor focuses on the field of “digital architecture”. Defined as architecture that “exploits the opportunities and potential offered by computer-based technologies from the concept stage through to integrated manufacture”, Schroth believes that his work on “Villa: F” is a prime example of digital architecture in action.
At 25 metres long and 6.40 metres tall, Villa: F isn’t a vast building by any stretch of the imagination. And the new-build family home in Bavaria wasn’t intended to be: Instead, the design was inspired by nature, as Schroth explains: “The exaggerated interpretation of the natural contours of the land creates a characteristic shape that establishes the vertical landscape as an extension of the topography, down to the depth dimensions of the house”. In other words, the shapes found in the environment are reflected in the building. The three floors are connected via wave-shaped segments in an offset layout. This split-level design is what makes Villa: F so unique.
MHouse – Spacious and stylish
Eastern Europe has a great deal to offer – and one of these things is a glimpse into the future of architecture. We’ve previously featured the Edge House in Kraków, which is a great example of how a building can be constructed in an unusual environment. The “MHouse” by the architects at Marcel Luchian Studio in Sîngera (Moldova) is another beacon of futuristic design – this time based on robust architectural tradition.
From the neighbouring property and the road, the shaded northern façade of the MHouse appears almost completely solid and impenetrable; in the winter, the biting winds blowing in from the north can force temperatures down to -15°C or below. But it’s a different story on the south side of the building, which uses vast walls of glass for picture-perfect views of the surrounding Moldovan countryside – and to capture warmth from the sun.
California Roll House – maximum flexibility
A “California roll” is a type of sushi made with sesame seeds and crab meat. But the “California Roll House” is something quite different: It’s a futuristic roll-inspired home with energy-efficient architecture and a carbon fibre-reinforced façade. Let’s take a closer look at the concept.
In the California Roll House, architect Christopher Daniel came up with a completely new housing concept. The end product of the design process needed to not only look futuristic, but also be exceptionally energy-efficient in warm climates. The home also needed to be quick to assemble with pre-fabricated components. Designed specifically for construction in warm regions (such as California), the surface of the building reflects sunlight that shines onto it.
The glass façades on the two sides of the building flood the interior with natural light. The glass extends over the full height of the two floors and can be electronically darkened as necessary – so that the inside spaces can be kept private and cool interior temperatures can be maintained even on the hottest days.
The main door, which boasts a fully automatic opening mechanism, is reminiscent of the cargo hatch of a space shuttle, highlighting the architect’s futuristic approach to the design. The angled windows, too, create a modern distorted effect. Carbon fibre-reinforced building elements ensure that the house remains stable in spite of the fact that only one edge is actually secured to the ground.
The California Roll House
Futuristic home trends or style faux-pas?
These homes showcase some of the “extremes” of modern architectural design – achieving exceptional flexibility or incredible space savings.
But all three of these buildings have one thing in common: They embody an architectural vision of the family home of the future.
What do you think the home of the future will look like? Share your ideas in the comments.