10 FUTURISTIC HOMES – TRANSFORMING HOUSES AND DESIGN


– [Narrator] Hey everyone, it’s Reacher. Those of us at Minds Eye Design
are big fans of all things smart, eco-friendly, sustainable,
futuristic, et cetera. So we decided to bring
10 of our smart homes of the future. (static) Number 10. Hong Kong’s housing
shortage is due to several factors including a lack of space to build on one of the least
affordable housing markets in the world. The James Law Cybertecture
firm has created what it believes can be solution for those in need of reasonably
priced accommodations. It’s called Opod Tube Housing. It starts with a
retro-fitted 8.2 foot-wide concrete water pipe laid on its side. A circular door which
opens via smart phone doubles as a window to let in light. Standard features are those that would be needed for any apartment. A folding bench doubles as a bed. There’s room for a microwave, mini fridge and an air conditioner. There’s also shelving for storage and rails for hanging clothing. The rear part of the
pipe is partitioned off to form a bathroom area
with a shower and toilet; all this in a living roughly
100 square feet in size. The architect is currently in negotiations with local governments to
start installing Opods. The expected rent for one will be around 400 dollars per month. (music continues) (static) Number nine. Six basic principles define
the design of an Earthship. All of them involve the use
of existing natural phenomena and reclaimed materials
in their construction. Items such as used tires,
aluminum cans, bottles, wood and metal are used. The beginnings of the structure are formed by using automobile tires
packed tightly with earth to form the load bearing
walls for the roof. The fundamental structure allows for it to heat and cool itself. Sun enters through the glass and heats up the floors and walls. When the temperature drops
below the stored wall temperature, heat is naturally
released into the space. In the summer, the building
stays cool with a constant temperature of the earth
and natural ventilation. Water comes from rain and
snow melt that is collected and filtered while solar energy provides for the electrical needs. In-home food production is even possible using mini hydroponics. The initial cost of building an Earthship is line with the conventional home, so if you’ve ever wondered
what it would be like to live off the grid,
then this your chance. (light dance music) (static) Number eight. Sometimes great ideas come
from unexpected places. In this case, it came from Kasita chairman and co-founder Jeff
Wilson testing the limits of habitable space by
taking up residence in a 33 square foot dumpster for a year. Although extreme, the experience resulted in a concept called Kasita. From top to bottom, every last inch is designed for maximum use. It’s only 370 square feet in size, but the adaptive reuse of space yields the functional equivalent
of 436 square feet. Examples of this include
a couch that doubles as a fold out bed, a washer/dryer unit that utilizes the empty space
beneath the kitchen counter, and creative storage solutions. The unit is manufactured
in a matter of weeks and can be installed on-site in one day. It arrives furnished
with a bed, appliances and an integrated audio/video system. Kasitas are stackable
allowing for multiple applications in the housing market. They’re priced at 139,000 dollars with a 1,000 dollar deposit
needed to secure your spot for the first production run. (music continues) (static) Number seven. Just like big oil
companies are recognizing the integration of electrical vehicles, so too are housing
manufacturers branching out into factory-built mini homes. The Arc House is part of the VISION Series of homes from Green Builder Media. The framework is composed
of structural wood arches that are visible from the interior. The living space is just 432 square feet, but it’s well designed
interior and clever storage optimize every square inch. A 10-foot high ceiling and
a wall of windows combine to create the illusion
of a much larger space. Building materials were
selected for sustainability and durability to protect the building from wind, moisture, fire and UV damage. The building is easily transportable. It’s small foot print and
independence from the grid due to integrated smart
solutions make it ideal for a variety of living situations. Estimated pricing is
unknown, but if you require more information the
links are posted below. (music continues) (static) Number six. The Noem Go is one of the many tailor-made eco homes by Noem Design. The houses are built in about eight weeks in their workshop with
transport and on-site assembly adding another few weeks. The modular structures
are fully customized and designed to adapt to
your plot’s limitations. The Noem Go is composed
of two basic modules; the SPACE and the HUB. Their built using only natural materials while the systems and appliances rely completely on solar energy. The HUB is the heart of
what makes it function. At 95 square feet, it
contains a full kitchen, living room, bathroom and a bed. The space is an open module
with a solid wood frame with two customizable sides and
a combination of walls, windows and doors. Additional
space and HUB modules can be added to increase
the size of the home or even make a two-story dwelling. Prices on these vary since every unit is fully customizable and made to order. Are you feeling the
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videos from Minds Eye Design (music continues) (static) Number five. The Flex House is another
home from Green Builder Media. Recently shown at CES 2018,
it is also a prefabricated module like its fellow VISION
Series Home, the Ark House. It measure in at 760 square
feet which isn’t large, but still allows owners to design a home for their specific living needs. The design boasts a smart
system that full integrates with the solar units to serve as its own microgrid and streamline energy usage. The performance of the
systems and handcrafted organic finishes augment
its sustainability. The curved roof lines
and interior space create an open and spacious feel
despite its small foot print. Additional modules can be added to enlarge the home if needed. The Flex
House is very affordable with the base models ranging in cost from 85,000 to 100,000 dollars. (music continues) (static) Number four. Although not widely
recognized by its name, the Yurt has been used
for thousands of years by nomadic people the world over. The key elements that define
a Yurt are its portability, circular shape and simple,
yet practical structure. Lightweight materials are used to form an accordion lattice
wall with radial rafters leading up to a central compression ring. A tension band encircles the wall to further the compression. The structure is then covered in fabric. The final result is a
highly efficient home that maximizes strength while minimizing materials and maintenance. Modern Yurts are patterned
after the ancient form, but with updated materials and technology. The structural elements
have been replaced with stressed rated wood and fabrics that adapt to a wide range of conditions. The use of advanced
hardware such as windows and doors, along with
innovative custom features, adds performance and beauty to its design. They range in price from 5,600
dollars up to 11,000 dollars; easily making them the most
affordable on this list. (static)
Number three. Up until recent years,
the shipping container has been thought of as nothing more than an industry workhouse with one use. But the evolution of the housing industry has led to innovations in their use and not just for living space. The standard container is eight feet wide and can range in length
from 20 feet up to 53 feet. The corrugated steel provides
protection from the elements while ensuring strength
and rigidity throughout to allow for stacking if necessary. The portability, size and
eco friendliness contribute to the many applications
of these containers. They’ve been used for
everything from urban farms to off the grid getaways and are limited only by the imagination of the user. Downtown urban areas are
even seeing containers used to house businesses
and entertainment such as the container park in downtown Las Vegas. There are companies that
offer do-it-yourself plans as well as prebuilt kits that
can be shipped and installed. Pricing will vary depending
on the users’ needs, but the standard cost is estimated at about half that of a normal house. (music continues) (static) Number two. Considering that we’re actively planning explorations to other
planets, it should be no surprise that we’re designing houses to resemble the stereotypical UFO. The UFO 2.0 is a
futuristic fiberglass shell divided into three different levels. The diameter spans 65
feet with a total surface of 3,380 square feet. The interior layouts are
unlimited with endless possibilities for the use of the craft. Additionally, the external
deck can be customized to suit the needs of the user. The house boat can move
at about 10 miles per hour due to its two 80 horsepower engines. Solar panels and wind
turbines provide all the power you’d need to travel the
universe, at least aquatically. Jet Capsule is planning
a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the
UFO 2.0 with the first deliveries projected in 2018. The estimated cost of
200,000 dollars is still very affordable for the average person. I guess this gives new meaning to the term sleeping with the fishes. (music continues) Okay. Before we reveal our number one, I want to remind everyone
to comment after the video and tell us what you thought of this list. Did you agree with our picks? Let us know. (static) Number one. UK based company Ten Fold
Engineering may very well have set the curve for
transportable prefab homes. Not only are they ready to use, but they self deploy with
the touch of a button. It’s like a Transformer you can live in. Each structure expands
to about three times their transport size, requiring
no machinery to do so. They don’t even need a
foundation as the stilts are adjustable to
accommodate uneven ground. They deploy in about 10 minutes and are collapsible for easy transport. Furniture and appliances
integrate seemlessly into the structure with added storage for any other equipment. Movable interior walls and
off the grid capability add to its adaptable nature. These structures aren’t
just limited to housing and can perform a variety
of functions including offices, restaurants, schools
and medical facilities. They can even be stacked and connected to create larger structures. There are multiple building to choose from on the company’s website
with the basic model starting at around 142,000 dollars. – Hey guys, this is Katsy. I hope you guys have enjoyed this video. Tell us in the comments
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