With no room for a backyard, #07beach made the living space of this house in Kyoto double as an internal courtyard, adding large skylights to maximize daylight. To enhance a sense of bringing the outside in, a large indoor tree takes pride of place in the centre of the space. 🌳🏠⠀
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1968. In the home of 2000 ... party time, and a console, foreground, controls all entertainment functions throughout the house, as well as lighting. In the background is part of a three-dimensional, or holographic, television screen, which enables the viewer to see around corners just as if he were in the scene ...
Imagine it: As you walk into your home after a hard day’s work at the office, a clothes cleaner passes a sonic beam over you to remove dust from your clothes, and a vibrating floor grille cleans your shoes.
You walk into the kitchen, your meal, cooked by micro-wave oven and served on disposable plastic dishes, is on the table.
After dinner you walk into the fully air conditioned, purified air of the living room, and sit down to the latest show on your three dimensional color television set.
All this, according to a group of engineers and industrial designers at Philco, Philadelphia is how people will live in the year 2000.
Philco built a mock-up of what they thought would be a house typical of the year 2000.
Basically, automation takes over every conceivable household chore.
Out of the this is evolved a new way of life not however, a frightening pattern of machine as master of man, but an almost Utopian ideal of man in charge, controlling his needs in the home merely by pressing a button.
In the Philco house, shopping, washing, cooking and the vacuum cleaner are out.
The basis of the power system of the house is a fuel cell, a similar type to that which is now used in space programs. This, plus the use of wireless communications, will eliminate the need for telephone lines and mundane items like water and sewer pipes.
But by far the most revolutionary aspect of the house will be the use of a central computer to handle all the internal systems.
The freedom of design offered by micro-circuits – tiny chips no larger than the head of a pin, will make possible an electronic complex that will automatically control all lighting, entertainment equipment, appliances and communications gear in a space the size of a contemporary portable radio. [The Herald]