Looking Straight Into Future Homes
The world today is quite different from what it used to be, say, 100 years ago. In the past couple of decades, the internet has changed the way things function and real estate is no exception. Homes are no more just a place made of brick and sand. The internet has added much to them, too. And, a lot more is on its way to happening.
Let's have a look at how our future homes may look like:
Colonisation of celestial bodies: Bubble cities, drone-moving houses
In a report released by Smart Things Future Living, a Samsung-owned internet company, the futurologists have predicted how a future city would look like. According to the report, underwater bubble cities and sub-aquatic communities would be common by 2116-end. As earth’s resources are being exhausted, says the report, communities and cities will be developed on the moon before shifting out into the galaxy. Commercial flights to the space would also be normal by 2116-end, adds the report.
Personal drones strong enough to carry a house to the skies around the world would also be reality.
Dutch windwheel: The Netherlands
The concept of Dutch windwheel is based on a project done by researchers at Deft University of Technology, The Netherlands. The outer wheel would have 40 rotating glass cabins acting as Ferris Wheel, and the inner portion would consist 72 apartments, office spaces, restaurants and hotels. The windwheel is expected to be completed by the year 2025. Once completed, the Dutch windwhell aims to generate 1 MW of electricity.
Underwater skyscraper: Belgium
The underwater skyscraper or the Oceanscraper has a jellyfish like structure. The entrance to these oceanscrapers is found at the surface and then they spiral down to the depths of 1,000 mts below the surface. These oceanscrapers are design ideas of Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut. These have capacity of housing up to 20,000 people who can live and work in them. These structures are not dependent on fossil fuels are eco-friendly as they generate their own energy and heat. These structures are designed in a way to reduce carbon footprint.
Wooden Orchids: China
Futuristic structure Wooden Orchids in China are also by Callebaut. The orchids are inspired by the country's garden heritage. The structure relies mostly on renewable energy source to reduce the dependence on other energy source by 70 per cent. The community rooftops purify air. The structure would be south facing that would have ample sunlight to utilise to the fullest through the solar panels. Also, the presence of wind turbines would ensure the production sufficient energy. The structure has the capacity to house 200 shops.
The Ark Hotel: Russia
Designed by Russian company Remistudio with the assistance of International Union of Architects' for the programme "Architecture for Disaster Relief”, The Ark is designed to combat threats posed by the rising level of sea and flood. The hotel would stay afloat in any case of any natural calamity. The features like, rainwater harvesting and solar panels make the structure self- sufficient and reduce the dependence on the conventional source of energy to zero. The greenery inside the structure purifies the air. The structure is also immune to the calamities such as earthquake due to its shell-like construction. The arches and the cables distribute its weight evenly.
Earth scraper: Mexico
The incredible 65-foot pyramid-shaped skyscraper has been designed by the architects at the Mexico City-based BNKR Arquitectura. The only thing is that the skyscraper is actually an earthscraper. It is 300 meters in height or length below the ground. The top, which forms the base of the inverted pyramid-shaped structure, is a massive glass floor, measuring 240 meters x 240 meters covering the hole on the ground. The structure has 10 stories each for apartments, shops and a museum. It also has 35 stories of office space. The city needs space for makeover and renovation and the only way is to go underground due to lack of floor space.
Physalia: Floating garden in Europe
Named after the dangerous jellyfish, Physalia physalis, Physalia is a floating garden. This, too, designed by Callebaut. This amphibious vessel is designed to clean the rivers and waterways of Europe. According to the architect, the structure is a fragment of living earth, inviting the flora and fauna to make its nest in the city. The Photovoltaic roofs and the underwater turbines meet the energy needs of the moving vessel.