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17 Futuristic Eco-Homes

24 May 2011 No Comment

Eco friendly homes and sustainable architectural designs in general are not a trend anymore, but a necessity. Here you are going to be presented with some amazing eco friendly home structures from around the world.

Some are already finished and happily inhabited by their owners, while others are still in their project phase. From the simplistic to the more grandiose, you will find everything within this compendium. Many features of these homes will definitely inspire you for your next “green dream home”.

Futuristic eco–home or is that a spaceship?

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From above, this futuristic eco–home looks like a spaceship right out of a sci-fi movie and like a spaceship, it is designed to be self-sufficient. It has no windows but is open to the environment so that it can get natural ventilation constantly. Designed for a forest environment; with no access to the electrical grid at all. This is a luxury home, with eco friendly ideals.

The curved exterior overhangs shield the house from sunlight, and also catch rainwater, which can be stored in the house’s tanks. The rainwater is then filtered and used inside the house. The lighting is all by low powered LEDs. The whole house is designed to be in harmony with nature, in spite of its science fiction look.

With its height, it is rather like a tree house, giving both luxury and access to the outdoors, though it is only suitable for a warm forest environment.


The Komb House

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The Komb House breaks away from traditional designs and concepts. Designed by Karim Rashid, the outside of the house is built using reclaimed wooden fins set at angles, which gives it the “comb” effect from which it gets its name. This gives both light and privacy inside the house.

In the central part of the house is a plunge pool beneath an opening skylight. Above the pool is a moving sculpture. These have a practical purpose as well as an aesthetic one; the pool captures and filters rainwater for use in the house. The sculpture provides energy from wind power. The opening above the pool can be closed while the sculpture redistributes heat throughout the house. Other features are LED lighting and raised radiant flooring, and all the materials are easily re-cycleable.

The inside of the Komb house is a futuristic as its exterior, with four main spaces featuring four main daily activities, eating, sleeping, bathing and playing, with the layout spreading out from the central pool. The glass walls are translucent rather than transparent, allowing natural light through but still maintaining privacy.


The Orchid House, Cotswold England

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The Orchid house is an eco friendly futuristic house located in Cotswold natural reserve, in England. It features an underground geothermal heating pump which greatly helps in producing more energy than actually needed.

This is the most expensive green home ever sold in world, at roughly $14 million, although it is not a huge sized house (2,200 square feet!). The buyer of the home is listed as “anonymous”…

Seoul Commune – 2026

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Hopefully, this project will come true by 2026 the latest. This will be a mix of eco-towers intended for residential and commercial purposes, and even medical facilities will function here.

The frame of these towers will be built using photovoltaic and recessed glass panels, and the overall shape of these looks like gigantic plants. Conical, cylindrical and dome styles are taken into consideration for the building structure, and this establishment will be a very important component of the city’s sustainable architectural image.

Rotating Tower- Dubai UAE

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This mega structure will be built using as main material concrete, but the most striking feature, is that the building will actually rotate 360 degrees during a 1.5 hour interval.

The floors will be constructed to rotate individually, and each of them is actually an individual stack of plate on an axe. Wind turbines will be fixated on every floor, thus the building will become energy self sufficient. This will be perhaps the first building which will continually change its shape thanks to its “twisting” mechanism.

EDITT Tower, Singapore

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An ecological tower, EDITT is designed by TR Hamzah and Yeang, and it will be 26 floors high. The entire structure will have natural ventilation systems, many photovoltaic panels on its facades, and even a biogas generating plant.

Moreover, each floor and apartment will have its own green garden that will allow inhabitants to plant their own organic fruits and vegetables, thus leading a much healthier life. Currently waiting for final approvals to start groundbreaking in Singapore…

The “Zero” House

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This is the vacation home or even permanent residence of the future. It is a completely eco friendly house, featuring an innovative and creative design, and being equipped with many sustainable” green” systems.

It rapidly and efficiently collects solar power and turns that into energy, and it has a huge reservoir for collecting rainwater for reuse inside and outside the building (reservoir’s capacity is almost 3,000 gallons). Moreover, it is a super modern home, as everything is automatically controlled through computerized systems.

Coral Reef Village- or “Floating” Village

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This is the vision of architect Vincent Callebout, for the earthquake devastated land of Haiti. Reconstruction of Haiti would mean sustainable architecture, green living and maximized safety for its inhabitants. The establishment would accommodate 1,000 families comfortably, and it would make use of prefabricated modular units.

The unit would be equipped with many renewable energy systems, and of course each family would have their own piece of land where they can grow their miniature home fresh- market. The project is part of the reconstruction of Haiti initiative.

Dome House, Japan

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This is definitely the house of the future, built in the shape of a dome, and the main material used was a high tech engineered type of Styrofoam. It is an energy efficient house, which is also very durable against natural forces such as earthquakes or typhoons.

This little igloo Styrofoam house is dubbed as being the perfect home for people living in high earthquake and other natural forces risk areas. It was designed by Japan Dome Housing Co. Ltd., and it guarantees to save anyone who buys it a lot of money.

Aqua Liana – Palm Beach, Florida

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This highly eco friendly futuristic home was designed by architect Frank Mc Kinney, and its cost is an exorbitant $29 million. It has 15,000 square feet, and it is equipped with all the most modern eco friendly system trends: solar panels, water recycling systems on the roof, air quality purifiers, and many others.

It is a highly luxurious oceanfront estate, and it includes many glass water floors and water walls, glass staircases and elevators, that help build an ultra serene environment both inside and out. It comes with an oceanfront summer kitchen and a private lagoon as well…

Colossal Eco House that leaves Zero Carbon Footprint

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This stunning house set in Spain, in the mountain regions of Andalusia, takes full advantage of the climate by having an enormous solar panelled roof which rises like a wing above the house. This allows for further solar panels beneath. This design also aids cooling while maximising solar potential.

To further aid cooling it has adjustable vents, which use convection currents so that the hot air rises out of the house while allowing cooler air in. It is 80% more efficient than a similar conventional house of the same size.

The main living are is set above a canal of water which is both attractive and practical, as it is part of the cooling convection system in the house. Rainwater is collected and grey water is reclaimed from holding tanks set in the basement, to give this house a potential zero carbon footprint. It uses geothermal energy as a back up to the solar powered system.


A millionaire’s sustainable home

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This futuristic eco house is set in 60 acres of land and was designed by the award-winning architect David Austin, who is renowned for his environmentally friendly approach. It was built for one of Britain’s leading industrialists and in this case sustainability did not come cheaply – it cost about £30 million.

It is extremely large; spreading across eleven levels containing self-contained apartments. Water is a major feature as inside there is a water canal cascading into a lagoon. Outside the curving lake is also a heat exchange system to regulate the temperature inside the house. Glass is a feature of the design with a stunning atrium as the centrepiece.


Sustainable living in the eco-dome

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Designed by the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, this eco-dome can be used as an individual house or linked together to form a larger structure. So energy efficient are these eco- domes that it has been postulated that they will be used on the moon.

They are designed to maximise their use of space by using the dome. They are quick to build and use earth obtained locally as the main material, and you can even build your furniture using the same materials. By taking into account local conditions and using sun, shade and wind, passive cooling and heating is obtained .The wind is scooped by building the home in a clover leaf pattern. If necessary, solar and radiant energy can be built in.


XSEED 4000- Tokio Japan

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This is a vision of the highest building on Earth. The project tells us that the structure would have an exorbitant height of 4 kilometres, and it would become the hugest residential establishment on the Globe. With its 800 floors, it creates enough room for almost 1,000,000,000 inhabitants.

It is quite an enthusiastic project; however, just like its sister project, the Shimzu Mega City Pyramid, it will never be built. Given its enormous height, it would have to face great challenges such as air pressure gradation problems or having it protected from natural disasters such as tsunamis or volcano eruptions. As a project, it is quite impressive though…

Longbow Place, Larkspur Colorado

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This is an immense green house which receives a very small bill every month. The home is around 10,000 square feet, and one has to pay only $400 for utilities. It is equipped with many solar panels, water heating systems, high quality insulation system and solar electric panels.

Using mainly recycled materials for its construction, and instead of wood there have been used logs made of composite materials. Highly efficient, very spacious and comfortable, this is the dream home of many large families around the world, who would like to pay pennies for the utility bill each month…

Shimmering high tech solar home

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This glass house eco home was designed at Stuttgart University so that it produces more energy than it uses, thus feeding into the national grid. It has some private living space but much of what goes on inside is on public display via a large open frame .The back and sides of the house are covered in photovoltaic material which provides both a useful and attractively glittering exterior.

Solar energy is used for all power systems, including the house’s electric vehicles, combined with reducing energy needs. A large energy tower moves air through the house for heating and cooling as necessary. All the materials used in the building of the house are completely recyclable at the end of their life span.


Ecohab’s to minimise carbon footprint

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Again using the dome shape to build a pod design but in different materials, this uses modern methods in its construction. It can be made from reclaimed wood or even car tyres. All the panels have extremely high levels of insulation to minimise fuel usage.

Built for a cold climate, the ecohab is meant to minimise the carbon footprint and produce an affordable home. It maximises available light by having a glass dome .It contains rain water harvesting and a thermal mass store, as well as a wood burning stove. You can also have solar panels and a wind turbine for your energy needs. As regards size, you can have one single or a series of linked domes.


The future of futuristic eco homes…

All these houses demonstrate the great variety in eco homes for the future. They vary from affordable adobe style pod houses, which can be built quickly anywhere, possibly even on the moon, to millionaire’s mansions costing millions.

Some still require some energy input, but some are so energy efficient that they can be used to provide energy for other homes, and even for the electric cars of tomorrow. Some blend quietly into the background, while others stand out with their stunning designs.

Yet they all have one thing in common – they are the eco houses of the future.

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