By 2100, if anyone thinks that our flying cars, artificial robots, holidays on Mars, and our homes will be completely smart homes, raise hands. People have been making predictions about how the future will look for years. Unfortunately, these predictions are often far from being realized, even utopia, and apparently the society is not yet able to keep up with these creative wishes. Well, are these predictions too ambitious or are we not doing enough to bring these ambitious ideas to life? What the future will bring is a huge question mark. While technology advances quickly, and many odd-looking ideas in the past seem closer to reality today, we should not stay away from such fantasies in order not to be disappointed in the future. US home services site Angie’s List and content agency Neomam Studios came together to visualize 7 of the most eccentric and futuristic ideas that our ancestors had about our future homes, with realistic architectural designs. It seems that our ancestors had serious hopes for the future. How would they react to what we truly achieved? Step into homes that have never been built with us. Who knows what the future will bring.
Walking Houses (1900s)
Jean-Marc Côté’s “Rolling House in the Countryside” was drawn in the early 19th century and reflected the dream of what life would look like in a cigarette card collection in 2000. This utopian vision offers a highly social and mobile home version of the architectural trends we are actually seeing today.
Glass House (1920s)
Vitaglass house, designed to use ultraviolet “healthy rays” of the sun and designed using a new special glass type, offers sunlight all year long thanks to the mercury arc lamps added for gloomy days. Like all the best architectural innovations, Vitaglass was first tested in the monkey house located in the city zoo. Even flat glass, which was worried that it would stop people from going out with its popularity, was quite controversial during the war years. So, unfortunately, although its inspirational announcement is magnificent, Vitaglass was a commercial failure, so if you want to feed on UV rays, you’ll have to go out on the street.
Rolling House (1930s)
Everyday Science and Mechanics’ September 1934 issue claimed that spherical houses would be very fashionable in a short time, even if the idea of living on a giant hamster ball didn’t seem attractive at first glance. While this innovation’s goal is to make remote construction and delivery of new homes easier, traveling in a spherical house was a pretty bad idea if you value your pottery and ornaments.
Light House (1940s)
A much more civilized way to move the house is to move the house on a tray carried by a dozen strong men. The image can be creepy and has been suggested for illustration purposes only, but seriously: why do our homes have to be dangerously heavy? In January 1942, the authors of “This Unfinished World” presented a vision that became closer and necessary every day: using super light “airgel” in the construction to build earthquake-resistant and less resource-efficient buildings. Today, the lightest material available in the world is graphene aerogene, which has the ability to be printed in 3D and scientists are still having a hard time finding how to use traditional construction techniques to alleviate environmental damage.
Space House (1950s)
In December 1953, a glass-domed house was placed on the cover of Science Fiction Adventures magazine. The more interesting part of this house than the glass dome was that the house would be located in space. In design, the freely flying snow globes hatchbacks of Puerto Rican cover artist Alex Schomburg are complemented by roof gutters designed to throw them towards the unknown. Interestingly, Schomburg was an artist and company partner of a glass showcase workshop in the 1920s. The feature of the house design that he prepared was that it was made of two-layer glass, which has a dome that protects the space from the space atmosphere and wall-to-wall windows located outside the house.
Domed House (1950s)
The cover story of the June 1957 issue of Mechanix Illustrated suggested that “Current research on solar energy and architecture shows that we may have been living in houses with an all-steel glass facade until 1989”. Ekopunk utopianism that led to the appearance of the dome house was based on its sustainability as a stimulating factor. The rotating dome would allow homeowners to use solar energy efficiently. As seen in the example outside the dome house, hydroponic (water-grown) vegetable fields are not even found in the gardens of the 21st century, but in general, the hydroponics industry is now thought to triple between 2023 and reach $ 725 million.
Underwater House (1960s)
General Motors created the Futurama II Pavilion, which will blow the mind of visitors to the New York World’s Fair in 1964. While the rest of the world stared at the stars, General Motors turned to our oceans that had not yet been conquered. “Our new knowledge and skills, the new powers and mobility we have brought us a new and wonderful underwater world,” said tour guide Ray Dashner. “This is the miracle of gifts from the unlimited treasure offered by the seas, it should be included in your real estate brochures!”