Shutter House

Sometimes I try to picture what the residential condo market will look like in 2050. It’s very tricky but the Metal Shutter Houses give you one perspective of what we might expect. We actually covered another, much smaller project recently which has the same “swinging door” effect, but its got nothing on this. Shigeru Ban, the famous Japanese architect, will design this masterpiece, which will hopefully fare better than his last New York attempt, which lasted a mere three months. That project was a 45,000 square foot museum located on the piers which had walls made of cargo containers and a roof made of paper tubes. Pretty funky, but it didn’t quite make the cut for New York avant-garde culture


solar water heating
2 x12 evacuated tube system with 300l cylinder and digital display
double glazing
Double glazing helps keep temperatures higher and reduce humidity
designed by architects
Designed to give a feeling of space and light yet functional.
contemporary passive solar house
Designed to capture the heat in winter and keep it out in summer
double height voids
Void spaces add light and space, and help transfer warmth through the house
floor to ceiling windows + full height doors
For a feeling of spaciousness and light superior
Excellent insulation and wall materials to keep the house warm
rainwater collection
Rainwater collected for use in WCs, laundry and garden
advanced, healthy paints + materials
Modern, proven materials with low toxic content and warranties
personal home information website
If you ever need to get in touch, use a warranty or a tradesman, all the information is online.
arhaus moisture detection monitoring
Arhaus will take moisture readings at regular intervals for your and our peace of mind
power use monitor
A ‘Centameter’ so you can monitor your own power use.

Houses in the island

Dr Chu said those who do not find white roofs pleasing could invest in 'cool colours' - pastel shades which also absorb less heat.
He added: 'If all vehicles were light-coloured, there could be considerable savings because then you could downsize air conditioning ... a considerable reduction in energy.
'If you look at all the buildings and make all the roofs white, and if you make the pavement a more concrete type of colour rather than a black type of colour, and you do this uniformly, it's the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years.'


Prefabricated housing couldn’t be more eco-fashionable, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether temporary or permanent, a flat-pack house can go pretty much anywhere (as long as you have water & electricity supplies – and permission!). And it’s increasingly affordable.


Prefabricated housing couldn’t be more eco-fashionable, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether temporary or permanent, a flat-pack house can go pretty much anywhere (as long as you have water & electricity supplies – and permission!). And it’s increasingly affordable.


"Passive" houses are quickly becoming the houses of the future in many parts of Europe, and are slowly growing in popularity in North America.

Germany pioneered the Passivhaus (passive house), which dispenses with conventional central heating and consumes minuscule amounts of energy. Thousands have been built.

Another German house builder is taking the Passivhaus concept one ambitious step further. Baufritz is making a "carbon positive" house - a house it claims actually reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Baufritz does not boast it builds the greenest houses on the planet - a grass hut in the tropics might qualify - but its products must come close.

Baufritz says its house is carbon positive to the extent that it stores at least 50 tonnes of CO2; the equivalent of a modern family car doing around 6,000 miles per year, every year for 20 years. The house is built entirely from bio-constructive, efficient and natural materials that have not been chemically treated so that it is 100% biodegradable.

Baufritz was founded by a carpenter, Sylvester Fritz, in 1896 in Erkheim, about an hour outside of Munich. In the late 1920s, it began building prefabricated timber buildings. In the 1970s, when his granddaughter contracted cancer, the company decided it should build houses "that provide a healthy living environment that promotes well-being."

Four Houses and a Future

outside X-Small, the final piece of Schenk and Kim’s design puzzle, and hopefully their new home. Windows are strategically placed to maximize light and privacy.


Purely decorative follies do not spring up like trees, so here is a functional folly which has done just that – the Okinawa treehouse which is poised in a banyan tree (or maybe it is a gajumaru tree). Whatever. The tree is in fact concrete.

Back in the late nineteenth century the French were making trees out of cement and a good example of has survived at Oakworth Park in Yorkshire. But I have not seen such a bizarre and impressive modern version as this before.

This treehouse is a restaurant, serving Asian food. It is located on Highway 58 at the entrance to Onoyama Park in southern Japan where it overlooks the ocean. Visitors ascend via a lift inside the trunk.

Affordable Modernism

Modernist” dwellings and prefabricated structures are increasing in popularity as more architects are designing and building affordable, eco-efficient modular and manufactured houses for the future. After doing some research, today’s prefabricated houses have come along way from the original concepts, and currently allow for flexibility with custom features and style, building material options and eco-efficient technologies, and a growing number architectural inspirations for homeowners to choose from. While searching around on the internet, I have found many “prefab architects” that are adding value and excitement around the prefab industry. Some of these architects, resources and designs I’ve found include:

Taiwan's rotting Jetsons house

Flickr user CanikFotos has sets of photo of the haunting, dead-future "Desolation Row" housing development in Taiwan. The development -- which resembles a rotting, zombified version of the Monsanto House of the Future from Disneyland -- was never finished, and has sat empty for all these years, going to wrack and ruin

David Sarti’s 800 square feet in Seattle

I was on the west coast recently so I decided to see what the Small House scene was like. I came across architect David Sarti’s house in Seattle on Future House Now. It was also featured in a Seattle Times article by Dean Stahl a few years ago. The photos are by Benjamin Benschneider. More Northwest small houses to come…

Flood House Of The Future

Floating homes, sunken pontoons and timber drawbridges are just some of the innovations presented by architects across the world in a bid to design a flood proof house for the future.


I believe in an eco-friendly future thats call the real future house

Refugee chic HOUSE

Just as it has become fashionable for designers to give a nod to adaptive reuse, it is also fashionable for architects to create show houses for refugees. You get a few extra brownie points if it involves a bit of adaptive reuse.
Here’s an example by Cubo Arquitectos of Santiago, Chile.
Its made entirely of doors, pallettes and some plastic sheeting. It looks great, as a shack we love it, it’s got honesty and style.

Cardboard House

Now cardboard houses can come in handy while your permanent house is being built or renovated, for emergency housing, or for short-term accommodation. Two people can assemble this future house in just six hours using appropriate scaffolding. The house is not only simple to assemble, its portable too. The Cardboard House represents the reduction of technology and the simplification of needs. By demonstrating that we are able to recycle 100% of the building components at extremely low cost, the Cardboard House is a direct challenge to the housing industry to reduce housing and environmental costs.

Loftcube HOUSE

The Loftcube will appeal to the nomadic person who living for short periods of time in the large cities and dense urban areas wants a temporary Sanctuary. Loftcubes where thought up to be constructed on the roofs of existing architecture: highrises, buildings etc. The body of the loft cube can be customized how the user desires. The four outer walls of the Loft Cube are separate segments that can be made transparent, translucent or closed versions. Louvre windows with horizontal wooden slates provide ventilation. Seems there are two models available the LC39, which provides 420ft of living space and the LC55 with 588ft.

Amphibious house

I am captivated by the thought of these floating houses like these sold in Germany I previously covered. The Dutch smartly preparing for climate change and rising water levels are largely depending on these amphibious homes. If and when the rivers will rise above their banks, the houses will rise upwards as well. 37 of the floating houses are already strung along a branch of the Maas. The cellar, not built into the earth like I first thought is built into the platform. The hollow foundation can be compared to the hull of a ship, safely buoying the structure up above water. Two steel posts which are drivin deep enough into the earth to withstand currents you would find in the open seas prevent the houses from floating away and so as the water level sinks they sink back down in sequence. These model houses are built to last at least one hundred years, and can be fixed in the dockyard if there are any problems. If only New Orleans can somehow implement this brilliant ide


The Houses of the Future project is a public statement about the need for good design in the majority of our houses. It was planned as a provocative intervention into the current marketplace through the involvement of the industry itself. Six houses based on the materials of cardboard, glass, timber, clay, concrete and steel were displayed for three weeks in October 2004 at the Sydney Opera House forecourt, attracting enormous media interest and
150,000 visitors

New house in Brussels

For those who count on going to Brussels within the next 5 years, there is a house easy to visit: Living Tomorrow will open the doors of its new house and office of the future project on March 1, 2007.

Living Tomorrow 3 is interested in all current themes of housing namely: ecologic construction, green energy, home office, numeric convergence and “smart home” (please tell me what that means after visiting).

A visit of “the House, the Office and creative Industries of the Future” will last about one and a half hour. Standard admission is 10 € per person. Source and photo credit


Natural light is the best light we can get. It varies through the day, and psychologically stops fatigue in many environments, and makes the internal environment much more interesting.

The Glass House embodies all the developments that have taken place in the glass industry, to improve the thermal and optical performance of glass. There are glasses in the house that are self-cleaning. When it rains, it doesn't form down in droplets or rivulets, it comes off in a sheet and cleans the glass.

On the roof of the pavilion we have vents, and all the air comes in at floor level through glass louvres. This forms a natural heat siphon which pulls the air through the pavilion and keeps it cool. You needn't be scared of large areas of glass. We can open up, enjoy the view, enjoy everything that's around us.

The 4 x “Houses of the Future” are part of a project commissioned by the NSW Government as the climax of the Year of the Built Environment (2004)

Quality design and environmental sustainability are key issues & according to NSW Govt. Architect, Chris Johnson, the project is about rethinking & improving suburban housing

The houses feature passive solar design, natural cross- ventilation, minimal energy consumption, recycled & recyclable materials, stormwater detention, indoor-outdoor flow & so on.

Although they are affordable, they profile innovative technologies being researched & tested by the University of Technology, Sydney, CSIRO, & the University of Sydney Ian Buchan Fell Housing Research Centre & supported by many industry associations & interests.

All the houses are designed to be mass- produced, following a tradition established by Robin Boyd’s House of Tomorrow (1948), Harry Seidler’s House of the Future (1954) & the Parade of Homes, in Cherrybrook, Sydney (1960).

The difference is, mass-production no longer means dull uniformity or conformity, since in this age of the computer, it’s easier to introduce variations. Sophisticated modular systems allow very different looking houses to be produced from the same blueprint. Government Architect, Chris Johnson says the Houses of the Future are therefore more about mass customisation rather than mass production.


Stone went on to design a group of houses for Mr. and Mrs. Henry Luce and also worked on Carl Koch's parent's home where he used cloistered gardens to protect the home visually from the Victorian homes of Cambridge surrounding it. In 1937, Edward Durell Stone designed the New York Museum of Modern Art, the first international modern building in New York. The member's lounge had a wall of glass with a wide opening to a roof terrace. This became the prototype of New York penthouses and museum plans. Twenty years later, he incorporated the same design for the master bedroom opening to the peristyle with domed skylights in the Park Lane residence


Its a very cool and stylish house i ever seen.that call a perfect house


A nice apartment in London, I’m a wierd person, I love the countryside and the city

luxury villa

The Calliope Villa is located on the south side of the Greece Island (the World) and is detached from the island by a sparkling waterway. A wooden pathway leads you to your intimately designed villa suspended over the sea – a hideaway built on two levels ranging from 4,000 square feet of interior and exterior space. Inside you are presented with dynamic fluidity that gives you a breathtaking ocean view through the floor-to-ceiling glass entrance, while the villas’ pathway side is interspersed with sheltered square windows ensuring the utmost in privacy.
The villa has a ground level terrace that descends gently toward the sea and rooftop terrace featuring a sauna, corner bar and lounge; it even has the luxury of its own infinity pool so you can swim under the stars. Furniture of the highest design fits perfectly with the stylish interiors that show attention to every detail.

Sweet House

Would it surprise you to learn that a number of houses around the world, from New York to Amsterdam and Brazil to Britain have various claims to being the skinniest house in the world? Some are the skinniest by frontage measurements, others by widest or narrowest space, though they would all (it would seem) require extremely creative urban furniture


The picture above on Extreme Tree isn’t actually as ridiculously priced as one might think. Just imagine drinking your morning coffee up in the tree tops.

England house

thats all I can think of right now, I don’t want any more houses, I tag anyone who wants to do this!