British House of the Future (Sep, 1956)

In the future men will apparently dress like Smurfs.

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This is a House?

British architects have designed this Home Of The Future to prove that living will be much easier in the brave new world of tomorrow.

STAR of the London Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition of 1956 was this eye-opening Home Of The Future designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson. It is a one-bedroom town house that contains a garden within it. The shell is moulded of plastic-impregnated plaster and the roof is covered with aluminum foil to reflect the sun’s rays. Almost everything in the house is plastic, including the translucent walls and chairs—practically the only mobile equipment (everything else is built-in). Even the eggs in the kitchen come in little plastic bags.

All electric power is drawn from a nearby atomic power station. The house is entirely air-conditioned and warmed by radiant heating in the floor.

A short-wave transmitter with push buttons controls all electronic equipment. We’re sure you’ll be interested to know that the shower stall has jets of warm air for drying and the sunken bathtub rinses itself with detergent. No bathtub rings left for Mother.

7 comments
  1. Gregly says: August 11, 200612:45 pm

    Gamma-irradiated food!? Ah, yes. That will preserve the food, alright. After you’re long dead from radiation poisoning, I’m sure the food will still be sitting there!

  2. Rebecca's Pocket says: August 18, 20065:27 am

    1956: The British House of the Future…

    The British House of the Future, circa 1956. “All electric power is drawn from a nearby atomic power station. [...] A short-wave transmitter with push buttons controls all electronic equipment. We’re sure you’ll be interested to know that the shower…..

  3. [...] Exhibition-type events, through to post-war reappraisals of domestic living, through to big modernist projects as in Playtime (above), through to places like Ikea and the Daily Mail Ideal Home exhibition [...]

  4. La Casa del Futuro (1956) « x0v says: December 20, 20084:25 pm

    [...] > Modern Mechanix / Design [...]

  5. juan cabello arribas says: January 19, 20099:19 am

    you can find more information about this project in:

    Revista Intersubjetivo. Vol. 8, Núm. 2. Diciembre 2007.
    Psicoanálisis Aplicado: Psicoanálisis y Arte

  6. [...] 1, Session 4: [House of the Future, 1956, by Alison and Peter Smithson, boasted as an all-plastic house, but built of plywood With a [...]

  7. Demedicalize Architecture « Vews says: March 6, 20121:22 pm

    [...] today’s world — and a significant contrast to the inhabitants of Alison and Peter Smithson’s House of the Future (conceived in 1956 for the year 1980), who would be nimble and in perfect physical and mental [...]

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