1989 – House of the Future

The House of the Future was built to show a wide public that with the aid of technical innovations, living in the immediate future could look utterly different from the way it is now. Beside the house itself, the complex includes a prefatory building comprising the entrance, a film theatre, and a shop; the whole standing on an island in a lake near the Autotron in Rosmalen. The house and the additional building are linked by an all-glass bridge across a tiled ornamental pond. Next to the house is a garden enfolded by a semi-circular concrete wall, and a pool in which stands a glazed tea house.

In principle, the House of the Future contains the same functions as those familiar to us from the traditional house – kitchen, bathroom, dining room, living room, bedrooms, etc., but in an open spatial composition strengthened by a lavish use of glass partitions, voids, and views through. Because it is more an exhibition pavilion than a true house, it is somewhat larger than normal. The internal subdivision is open to rearrangement; the roof garden includes a reception area for visitors. New techniques have been assimilated in the architecture as much as possible. Thus the structure involves concrete panels reinforced with arapree, enabling it to take greater, freely sub divisible spans. The glass in the bedrooms can be rendered opaque electronically, and there are, of course, videophone facilities and a cable system enabling communication between personal computers. In the way of gimmicks, the bathroom roof can be opened or closed in response to the human voice. The house can be analysed as a number of components each with its own design, and maintaining its status as independent element within the composition as a whole.