Dreamhome: A personal space of core human desire and ambition

Dreamhome is a creative exploration of a prototype house designed with creative freedom using possible future technologies that may not be currently feasible. New and forthcoming technology in various scientific branches that could be applicable to architecture are presented, and the applications discussed. Prior works by architects and engineers who push boundaries to innovatively overcome technological limitations will be explored, as will examples in which advanced technology is applied to create unique architectural designs. Together these references will evoke inspirations to be translated into an architectural design and a virtual home. The house is desired to boast of a unique design with various aesthetic and functional features that are not usually seen in present day architecture.  This visualization could be a glimpse of possible home design of the future.

Concept

The Dreamhome is conceptualized to have the form of an abstract butterfly alighting on grass. The massing of the structure is designed to mimic the delicateness of a butterfly, and yet convey a sense of stability. The structure is designed to blend easily into the surrounding landscape, and yet emerge from it as a striking architectural sculpture. The design of the Dreamhome incorporates several dynamic features in its architecture. One such example is the dynamic roof system of the house, the motion of which resembles a butterfly’s flapping wings.

The functional goals of the design were to have a well-planned layout with interior spaces that have highly impactful visual connections to the outdoors via large windows, skylights, and openings. While maintaining the visual connection with the outside, privacy concerns are addressed by providing high tech solutions that would not impose a visual barrier that blinds and curtains would. The interiors open out into semi-covered spaces such as terraces and decks, which lead to the outdoors. The house incorporates many green technologies, some energy saving, some energy generating, and cost effective with low maintenance. Advanced technology is applied to design safety mechanisms that would react in events of natural disasters such as earthquakes, and to send alert signals in case any attention towards maintenance is required.The design process adopted is to keep the visual and functional goals paramount, and exercise creative freedom based on present high end and predicted future technology to fulfill the original architectural vision. It is also intended that most of the design features have functional value along with aesthetic qualities.

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