The Future Living House – a project set by IIT Institute of Design – is a glimpse into the future where a house is not just a house, but a complete housing system designed to respond to the global change in environment expected by the middle of this century, making a place to live that is environmentally efficient and economically self-sufficient.
Students were required to design a house that would serve the following range of functions:
- Food Production – growing and preserving food,
- Water Conservation – collecting and recycling water,
- Energy Production – producing electrical energy,
- Reconfiguration – changing the purposes of spaces and changing the capabilities of the dwelling,
- Vertical Transport – moving people and goods to higher or lower floors without stairs,
- Assembly and Disassembly – adding, removing and transporting dwelling components as needs change,
- Environmental Adaptation – fitting the dwelling to different climatic and weather conditions,
- Cultural Adaptation – fitting the dwelling to different cultural norms,
- Disaster Proofing – protecting the dwelling, inhabitants and goods from likely natural disasters
The house here described for Future Living is not so much a house as a housing system, a system of components that can create many houses. Dwellings created with the system and are far more than shelters. They are also support systems outfitted to help their inhabitants to grow as individuals, physically, mentally and emotionally, and to mature as members of society in the community and larger associations.
Every technologic leap was analyzed to make sure anything proposed was possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location. Water uses gravity to generate pressure. Energy is harvested from solar and wind apparatuses. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall and everything is recycled when possible.
The Future Living house features a water attic, an elevated storage tank that allows water to be fed to various systems in the home using gravity to generate pressure. The central air care unit makes large-scale corrections to the air and them moves it into local air care unit, where room-specific corrections are made to the air before it is funneled into the rooms. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall and everything is recycled when possible
Central to the self-sufficiency of the house is the core unit. Here rainwater is filtered and stored; energy is generated through solar, wind and mechanical power and stored for use or sold back to the grid; waste is processed and utilised in various ways; and an air filtration unit – using air filtered through plants, circulates fresh or filtered air back into the home.
Design Team: Cornelia Bailey, Tanushree Bhat, Marilee Bowles Carey, Anthony Caspary, Eric Diamond, Xiaonan Huang, Reenu John, Na Rae Kim, Paolo Korre, Eugene Limb, Hsin-Cheng Lin, Miguel Angel Martinez, Nikhil Mathew, Elise Metzger, Mahdieh Salimi, Kshitij V. Sawant, Owen Schoppe, Jessica Striebich, Hannah Swart, Traci Thomas, Helen Tong, Sally Wong, Yixiu Wu, HyeKyung Yoo and Gene Young of IIT Institute of Design
For more on the project, download the research report from IIT Institute of Design
Original source: Yanko Design