First-time visitors to populous cities like Manhattan or Singapore may strain their necks trying to look all the way up to the skyscrapers that dot the city landscape. To their minds, the sight is like something from out of this world!
Well, you’d better tell them to hold onto their hats! “They ain’t seen nuthin yet!”, because what futuristic architects have in mind for home designs will certainly look “out of the earth” to us by today’s standards!
Here are 4 home design trends that will unfold in the rest of 2014, 2015 and beyond.
Shipping Container Homes
Yep, those discarded shipping containers that would normally be sent to smelters or landfills, are now being repurposed. Where once they were destined to be scrapped, their new purpose in life is to act as dorm rooms and multi-story apartment homes for thousands of people in the future.
All the amenities that one would need for comfortable, modern, sustainable living are built right into these futuristic container structures.
Are you fed up with walls and pillars surrounding your house? Well, you may not need those architectural elements for your future Earth Home. Modern architectural concepts are embracing the earth and using the natural terrain surrounding us to create “walls” for future homes. The future Earth Houses will rely on the earth’s natural geological features to supply many of its architectural details. Crazy to think about, but there are even interior designers starting to specialise in this area, thats how big its getting!
The idea here is not to dig a pit and start living under the earth. Nor is the concept about living in the ground. Instead, the future trend is to build Earth Homes, surrounded by organic forms, so people can live “with” the earth. Now how down to earth is THAT!
Uniquely designed resembling a ship, Earthship homes are built entirely of reusable, recyclable materials.
The “brick and mortar” for Earthships come from recycled tyres, old bottles and pop cans and other waste materials that would usually go either into landfills or be repurposed for some other use.
Since sustainability is the key theme of homes of the future, Earthships are designed to produce their own water, create their own heating through solar energy, and are built to be cool to live in during summers. A key theme is the reuse of wastewater and sewage for alternate purposes, including irrigation.
No one will fault you for doing a double-take, wondering if the Martians had indeed landed! Well, you are looking at a Bubble House of the future, one whose architecture has been designed around a unique “bubble” concept.
These houses will have interconnected rooms that are designed like bubbles, and will apportion space inside to look more roomy, spacious and brighter than conventional square-walled structures. While the Bubble Houses of the future are an attempt to break away from traditional cubes and squares, they also aim to do away with the “dead end corridors” that contemporary architects almost invariably design.