What can we expect from the homes of the future?

Posted 02 July 2016

Over the past century our homes have changed significantly in shape, size and style. But as technology moves on at a pace, the future could see even more dramatic changes. Here is a glimpse of how homes are likely to change over the course of the century.

 

In the next 50 years:

In recent years we have seen new homes designed with an increased emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly features. Whether it is adaptations made to our current homes or innovative self-sustaining new builds, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that homes of the future will only get greener.

Current housing trends include solar panels, moss or grass roofs, and the development of new micro-environments on roofs and in eco-gardens. As a result we could expect to see an increased number of environmentally friendly homes developing. Inside the home, more and more people are making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and increase sustainability. From recycling and insulating to changing light bulbs, it is becoming easier and more important to keep things green.

But the next 50 years won’t just be about the environment. Technology will not only make homes of the future more luxurious, they will also make life easier and enhance connectivity between devices. You can expect to see the introduction of talking fridges and ovens. You will also be able to connect central heating systems and many of your appliances to your mobile devices – creating a smart home controlled by your smartphone.

Tech giants such as Microsoft are already testing HomeOS into a number of prototype houses, designed to combine all the smart technology you could find in a home into one functional device, with the intention of improving users’ day-to-day lives.

 

In the next 100 years:

Looking further into the future is a little bit trickier without the benefit of a crystal ball. While the next 50 years will undoubtedly be influenced by technologies being trialled right now, it is much harder to anticipate the technologies available in 2200.

What we do know, however, is that the need to move away from fossil fuels will continue to grow and that the existing problems caused by climate change may have a more profound impact on our lives.

Among the most curious and innovative ideas is the possibility that we may one day choose to inhabit living buildings.

One recent feat of design work postulates that it may be possible to build an algae powered building. Algae is not just what you find stuck to your feet after a swim, it is also a powerful source of renewable energy. Researchers and designers are looking at the development of bio-photovolaic (BPV) devices that are fuelled by plants such as algae. As a result, it is not crazy to think that we could soon be relying on our houses to be powered and insulated by tanks of algae.

A Terreform ONE research group, headed by Mitchell Joachim, is also now exploring the concept of producing a home made out of pig cells using the organic structure of bones and muscles as a resource.

And beyond that . . .

How about underwater cities with homes protected by a giant bubble on the seabed? The first homes to be built on the moon or Mars? Where human endeavour takes us next is anyone's guess.

 

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