Let’s just make this simple: Green houses should be small houses.
The Wall Street Journal asked four leading architects to share their visions for the green house of the future and online today, the paper shares those visions. The point, writes Alex Frangos, was “not to dream up anything impossible or unlikely — in other words, no antigravity living rooms. Instead, we asked the architects to think of what technology might make possible in the next few decades. They in turn asked us to rethink the way we live.”
The designs include incredible innovations. One, by the firm Cook + Fox, features “biomorphic” skin — a shell that shifts from dark in the sun to clear on cloudy days to heat and cool with the weather. Another, by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, incorporates local food in an amazing way.
They’re all futuristic and imaginative, but, by design, dreamed up with little to no for cost or technology. (The exercise was meant to remove those constraints.)
But, the advice all four architects came back to is cost-effective, easy and something very basic:
From Frangos’ story: But the most important order for Mr. Mouzon is to make the house compact. “The smaller thing you can create, the more sustainable it is.”
In fact, that’s something that all four of our architects agree on: Americans need to learn to live in smaller spaces if we are going to make an impact on the environment.
(Hat-tip to Montanan Lance Olsen for sending this story.)