:: THE NEW BOOK ::
Now available in English:
From Bauhaus to the Future House:
The Evolution of the Home of the Future
What does modern architecture tell us about how we live? Is our home like a badly fitting suit –
or is it an adaptable system that evolves as we do. The evolution of the contemporary home is the story
of social and cultural change, but also of the power of architecture and design over our lives.
This is a book for anyone who is searching for a sense of home, who is trying to plan, renovate or build one,
or who dreams of doing so. It offers hope, ideas, warnings, advice and some predictions about how we think we will,
should or could live in the foreseeable future.
Kindle edition, available at:
:: THE SPACESHIP HAS LANDED ::
Trend and future research as a living architectural project: the future house of Oona Strathern and Matthias Horx
Finally after three years, from conception to completion the futurist family Horx-Strathern have finally moved into their experimental new house in Vienna.
Contrary to expectations, the Future Evolution House is not an electronically controlled house with talking fridges and automatically filling baths.
Instead it is determined by the new social architecture of a four person household who live a mobile lifestyle. The house has been developed out of trend and future research
and offers a new socio-technological approach to living in the future. At the heart of the project are the trends such as changing social structures, individualization,
mega-trend women that are changing the way we will live. The house is also a home for innovative and forward thinking products and technology in terms of energy, media, mobility, design, and materials.
Green (Design) Energy:
The Future Evolution house is trying to combine energy efficiency with smart modern design. The trend is moving away from passive houses to active houses
(i.e. producing more energy than they use). The house has elegant black photovoltaic panels integrated on the facade, which will fuel an electric car and an e-Bike.
This “energy grid” is part of a new green lifestyle.
Smart NOT complicated technology:
Here the question was how to avoid the problem of complicated remote controls none of which are compatible with each other.
The Future Evolution House experiments with innovative elegant new ways to control the technology in the house – from music to lighting, heating, etc.
The aim is to reduce to the max – concentrate on the functions you really need – minimal elegance for everyday use.
Flexible spatial design:
A kitchen today is about communication and, bathrooms no longer need to be tiled cells simply for washing. In the media age rooms are gaining a multi-functionality.
Kitchens as media hubs, bathrooms as lounges. While work and living is melting together spatially we need new solutions to keep our life-work balance.
The Future Evolution House tries to adapt to the changing needs and life-phases of its inhabitants.
:: SPEECHES & INTERVIEWS ::
For interviews and speeches about the house please contact:
Michaela Németh, Büro Zukunftshaus Horx Wien, Tel. +43 1 479 1455