Lattices, cells, modules: tomorrow's hard-to-dust architecture

The organic cellular design encoded in nature remains a popular theme in futuristic design. Oobject's gallery of buildings, chairs and inexplicable thingies suggests two things: firstly, that our childrens' spaces will have lots of links, bubbles and compartments. And secondly, we'll all need maid service.

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13 Responses to Lattices, cells, modules: tomorrow's hard-to-dust architecture

  1. zuzu says:

    And what’s with the buildings that claim to be green and have massive walls of glass? That’s bunk. A massive wall of R3 glass doesn’t equate with “green.”

    3M materials science to the rescue! (window films)

    Are there any major innovations past the description of central heating by Tim Hunkin?

    Thermal sinks such as a Trombe wall and geothermal heat pumps are the only ones that come to mind. …perhaps if I read TreeHugger more often I’d know more about this.

  2. pork musket says:

    Doesn’t glass being green or not depend on the climate and the positioning of the window/wall?

  3. MarlboroTestMonkey7 says:

    Lots of wasted space. And, the roombas would have to fly AND help to ventilate the comb. The kids will love it anyways.

  4. Stefan Jones says:

    Where do you put the bookcases? Hang the calendar?

  5. dculberson says:

    Pork, that’s true to an extent, but it’s always a terrible insulator – using current materials, that is! You can get some solar heat gain particularly on a southern exposure but in a place like Ohio (where I call home) the sunny days in the winter are much rarer than the overcast days. So you’re gaining heat a few hours a month and losing it all the time.

    The ultimate “green” building would have no windows and LED lighting. Nobody would want to live in it, but it would be green!

  6. pork musket says:

    That makes sense. Here in the Denver area we have only 30-40 overcast days a year, and even those are usually pretty bright.

  7. Halloween Jack says:

    I’m thinking Roombas that have a gecko/spider-like ability to crawl up walls.

  8. dargaud says:

    Yeah right. I wanna see the the video of the cleaning lady try to clean this one up…

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  10. zuzu says:

    I, for one, welcome our smart geometry / fractal architecture overlords.

    Urban enclaves of the future should look like Massive Dynamic‘s headquarters.

  11. meerkat says:

    Hopefully this will drive iRobot to create some awesome new ‘ba to combat this inevitable problem!

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  13. dculberson says:

    I meant to add that.. I love looking at and touring architecture that pushes the limits, but most reports are that it’s awful to live in /work in /maintain /heat /cool /etc.

    And what’s with the buildings that claim to be green and have massive walls of glass? That’s bunk. A massive wall of R3 glass doesn’t equate with “green.”

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