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Architects: Peter Poulet & Michael Harvey
Peter Poluet: I think our house shows a lightweight, airy building which is really reinventing concrete. All the
concrete components that we used in the house exist in the marketplace already. There’s simple water pipes, that
are used for stormwater, and flat slabs, which you can have manufactured anywhere. It can have more or less rooms,
according to your family needs. The kids might take their bedrooms with them as they leave.
Michael Harvey: The concrete pipes serve two purposes. Um, first of all, they hold up the roof - that’s the
simplest function. But the other function which is really fantastic is they store the water which is collected from
the roof panels.
Peter Poluet: The roof has a garden which allows us to - both keep the house cool - it provides thermal mass -
but it also is a cleansing system for the water that we’ve collected and then stored in the pipes of the house. The
house that you see here was built for less than $80,000, and I think the integration of the inside and the outside,
coupled with all those sustainable initiatives, is really the way of the future.
The 4 x “Houses of the Future” are part of a project commissioned by the NSW Government as the climax of the
Year of the Built Environment (2004)
Quality design and environmental sustainability are key issues & according to NSW Govt. Architect, Chris
Johnson, the project is about rethinking & improving suburban housing
The houses feature passive solar design, natural cross- ventilation, minimal energy consumption, recycled &
recyclable materials, stormwater detention, indoor-outdoor flow & so on.
Although they are affordable, they profile innovative technologies being researched & tested by the
University of Technology, Sydney, CSIRO, & the University of Sydney Ian Buchan Fell Housing Research Centre
& supported by many industry associations & interests.
All the houses are designed to be mass- produced, following a tradition established by Robin Boyd’s House of
Tomorrow (1948), Harry Seidler’s House of the Future (1954) & the Parade of Homes, in Cherrybrook, Sydney
The difference is, mass-production no longer means dull uniformity or conformity, since in this age of the
computer, it’s easier to introduce variations. Sophisticated modular systems allow very different looking houses to
be produced from the same blueprint. Government Architect, Chris Johnson says the Houses of the Future are
therefore more about mass customisation rather than mass production.
Futuristic homes- the perils of our planet
With so much attention being drawn towards the perils of our planet and the environmental impact that a global
population is causing on natural resources, some forward-thinking companies and individuals are developing new ways
to solve our housing needs and the future impact to the environment once built. It requires creative people like
these to develop solutions to solve critical issues like the ones we have to deal with in today’s environment.
The majority of eco-friendly houses share similar engineering characteristics such as; smaller living spaces and
recycled building materials incorporated into the design. Some houses incorporate solar panels, wood-burning stoves
or other energy-saving heating and cooling appliances. The potential costs saving on utility bills, property taxes,
home maintenance, and furniture would more than make this kind of living ideal for single or duel family
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