Futuristic home designs

Built for Beijing’s urban dwellers of tomorrow, Baitasi House of the Future is a smart home that caters to the realities of modern life as it’s shaped by the sharing economy, technology, and remote work. Commissioned by a tech company, Dot Architects rehabbed a historic residence, outfitting it with moveable modules controlled by a smart TV and a new extension downloaded from the WikiHouse open-source system. The flexible residence is currently long-listed for the RIBA International Prize 2018.

The house is located in Beijing’s Baitasi hutong—a historic neighborhood known for its narrow alleys and traditional courtyard houses. With moving furniture modules at almost every turn, the home can easily transform into four different layouts depending on the needs of the tenant.

Walls and installations move to connect the living space and the outdoors, and moveable storage units are cleverly hidden throughout the dwelling. The designers paid special attention, however, to the role that work plays in modern-day living, as the three-bedroom apartment can turn into a small office space with ease and efficiency.

Of course, no smart home would be complete without a central control system. The home comes equipped with a smart TV that controls all moving modules, lighting modes, curtains, the security alarm, and other home appliances.

The studio did all they could to preserve the original, 30-square-meter abode, replacing a decaying roof and removing interior partitions. An addition from the WikiHouse system houses a kitchen and a bathroom. Digitally fabricated and lightweight, the open-source project added more eco-friendly space to this tiny home in a very creative way.

Baitasi House of the Future's one-room layout

Baitasi House of the Future’s one-room layout

Baitasi House of the Future's three-room layout

Baitasi House of the Future’s three-room layout

Eco-Friendly Urban Home Design By Nori Architects

Nori Architects designed A house for a couple with two children in Toyota City. This 100-square-meter building is divided into three levels in the form of a mezzanine. This design can serve as a new prototype of urban housing in the era of the global environmental crisis by providing pleasant homes open to families and the environment, with sufficient light and wind, using natural materials, and with fewer construction materials and waste.

front view of the building, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

front view of the building, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

With this idea, Nori Architects designed it to be open to the environment with a large opening at the front, but a steel mesh was added to maintain residents’ privacy. With this wide opening, natural lighting and living can be maximized to ensure year-round comfort and energy efficiency. In addition, a comfortable thermal environment is achieved at a low cost by designing ventilation routes and using fans and ducts to distribute warm/cold air from one underfloor air conditioner to each zone.

kitchen and living room interior, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

kitchen and living room interior, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

section, Source by Nori ArchitectsSection, Source by Nori Architects

The architect designed a warm wood-filled space without interior upholstery and replaced it with exterior insulation in fiber content siding. This allows users to understand the structure of the building and carry out repairs and modifications on their own, and its low cost.

living room and work space interior, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

living room and work space interior, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

Nori Architects also considered the occupancy’s resistance to earthquakes by placing load-bearing walls with structural plywood and steel at appropriate intervals at both ends of each floor. As a result, the house achieves high earthquake resistance performance (Level 3) while eliminating deformation differences in stepping floors and suppressing deformations during wind pressure, as well as ensuring spatial flexibility and transparency.

front view of the building, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

front view of the building, Photo by Jumpei Suzuki

In addition to strengthening the structure of the building, the roof is built with a reduced number of components on top of exterior insulation and a folding roof over the baseboard and asphalt roof. This strategy helps to simplify the roof frame and eliminate the need for rafters.

exploded-axonometric Source by Nori Architects

exploded-axonometric  Source by Nori Architects

The building achieves high sheathing performance using exterior insulation, high-performance window sills, and roof efficiency. In addition, the entire land, including the soil, was repaired by digging trenches and pits on the outside, burying organic matter, and letting water and airflow through the ground, making this house zero runoff.

Floor Plan Source by Nori Architects


Floor Plan  Source by Nori Architects