What kinds of houses will we build in 100 years? Looking at these illustrations and movies about homes of the future, you realize how much the twentieth century vision of tomorrow differs from the twenty-first century one.

Spherical houses from the September, 1934 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics

If spherical, the house of the future can be easily transported to its building lot, set in place, and the fixtures added. The shell is first pressed into shape; then windows are cut, and only a protective tire is need for moving.

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The Electric Home of the Future, from Popular Mechanics, August 1939

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A home, built for the London Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition of 1956, designed by 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.

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Kitchen of the Future, 1956

The Monsanto House of the Future, a futuristic house set in 1986, built at Disneyland in Anaheim, 1957, closed in 1967

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Two comic strips from the Closer, than we think! series, by Arthur Radebaugh, 1959

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1999 A.D., a short film released by Philco-Ford in 1967

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Home: 2001, a 1967 episode of CBS show "The 21st Century". It shows us a 3D television, robots, a home office and Internet (watch and print the latest news, weather and stock information).

The Living Room of the Future, from Future Cities: Homes and Living into the 21st Century, written by Kenneth William Gatland and David Jeffries, 1979



1. Giant-size TV. Based on the designs already available, this one has a super-bright screen for daylight viewing and stereo sound system.

2. Electronic video movie camera, requires no film, just a spool of tape. Within ten years video cameras like this could be replaced by 3-D holographic recorders.

3. Flat screen TV. No longer a bulky box, TV has shrunk to a thickness of less than five centimetres. This one is used to order shopping via a computerised shopping centre a few kilometres away. The system takes orders and indicates if any items are not in stock.

4. Video disc player used for recording off the TV and for replaying favourite films.

5. Domestic robot rolls in with drinks. One robot, the Quasar, is already on sale in the USA. Reports indicate that it may be little more than a toy however, so it will be a few years before 'Star Wars' robots tramp through our homes.

6. Mail slot. By 1990, most mail will be sent in electronic form. Posting a letter will consist of placing it in front of a copier in your home or at the post office. The electronic read-out will be flashed up to a satellite, to be beamed to its destination. Like many other electronic ideas, the savings in time and energy could be enormous.

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The liberated house, from Popular Science, April 1980

Was this the American home of the future—this cross between a submarine and a World War II Quonset hut, this metal half-sausage afloat on a sea of mud?

Probably not. My hosts, its designer-builders, Ted Bakewell III and Michael E. Jantzen, had other objectives in mind for their Autonomous Dwelling Vehicle—even though it may well unite more house-of-the-future conservation concepts, technologies, and materials that have ever been brought together in one structure. Their goal was to build a trailerable structure that would:

First, be a mobile home, light and small enough to be towed long distances over the road, or be carried by helicopter, or even be floated on water.

Second, be independent of utility hookups—electricity, gas, water, and sewage—and of fossil fuels.

Third, be mass-producible at a cost competitive with luxury travelers of comparable size.

It would be just the thing that Ted Bakewell, 33, an executive with Bake-well Corp., a giant St. Louis real-estate development company, would like to park outside one of his new developments without concern for water or sewers—and in places where such hookups might not even be available.

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Bonus: The House of Tomorrow, by Tex Avery, 1949