The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California currently runs an exhibition called Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living. On display are 10 projects done by an international group of architects, envisioning the house of the future as a place for new spatial experiences, new systems of sustainability and new sensory enhancements. This open-ended exhibition and multi-faceted research initiative, incorporating Art Center research studios, as well as a series of public programs, encourages creative individuals to make a substantial contribution to the dialogue on how we will live in the future. The following 5 examples were taken from Wired.com’s brief introduction to the 10 Open House projects.
Jellyfish House, IwamotoScott/Proces2
The Jellyfish House collects rainwater and filters wastewater in its walls using titanium dioxide and ultraviolet light — a process currently in use on offshore oil rigs.
Lined with flexible organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, displays, the walls utilize the emergent technology of motes — tiny, wireless microelectronic processors — to control the functions of the house. “Rather than having a PDA where you could control the house, it would be much more ambient,” says architect Lisa Iwamoto, from studio IwamotoScott.
Thinking Ahead!, rojkind arquitectos
Thinking Ahead! is a high-tech home health-care system that can be integrated into any dwelling to monitor the physical well-being of the elderly and provide a responsive, health-enhancing environment. Centered around the bathroom, it includes a shower that performs ultrasound body scans, a toilet that analyzes bodily fluids and “floatariums.”
Networked video interfaces would allow occupants to keep in touch with loved ones. Therapeutic lighting systems embedded in the walls adjust to changes in stress levels as ascertained through retinal scans.
“Aging is something that we have to take into consideration right now,” says architect Michel Rojkind, who envisions a house as an environment where you can live and eventually die in your own home without being taken to a hospital or nursing home. “You don’t want to live forever, but you want to live the best way possible.”
Seoul Commune 2026, Mass Studies
Seoul Commune 2026: Rethinking “Towers in the Park” is Mass Studies’ response to Le Corbusier’s classic residential plan, currently popular in South Korea. Their proposal not only transforms the towers into whimsically curvilinear forms, it literally integrates park and towers, clothing the latter in living geotextiles. The project proposes a solution to increasing urban density, rethinking personal space as a hive of small private living areas augmented by larger communal spaces.
Dunehouse, su11 architecture + design
The dunehouse provides an eco-friendly solution to the increasing demand for housing in extreme environments. Sited outside Las Vegas — one of the fastest-growing housing markets in the United States — the house consists of a configurable shell that can be adapted to variations in topography, and utilizes solar and fuel-cell technology to generate both power and water.
Open the House!, realities:united
Envisioning clothing that regulates body temperature in almost any climate, Open the House! frees architecture from the tyranny of enclosed, air-conditioned spaces to create more-open, economical structures that are integrated with their surroundings. Inhabitants wear a lightweight undergarment consisting of microscopic thermo-agents and a “textile motherboard” — these sense and adjust to changes in skin temperature and humidity. The garment enables them to spend more time communing with nature or socializing outdoors, even in inhospitable weather.