Making sure our homes are private sanctuaries is a contant struggle. (After all, no one likes a peeping Tom!) But, to save one family the trouble of installing concealing drapes and compromising their view, the Australian architecture firm Kavellaris Urban Design (KUD) imagined a slightly different solution: the "perforated" house. And though it sounds kind of strange, the concept effectively offers its residents a greater sense of seclusion.
The intriguing facade is made up of layers of glass and perforated metal panels, creating shadows that prevent onlookers from viewing in, while the residents can still look out. KUD achieved this goal with "the use of operable walls, doors, curtains and glass walls which enables the occupants to control the experience and environment."
The trend toward homes with interactive features is becoming more common in contemporary architecture. Recently, we featured a home where occupants can choose to change the position of rooms based on the seasons and direction of the sun.
Watch the video above for full details on the perforated house, and let us know what you think in the comments below. Would you dare to live in such an interesting space?
Interested in high-tech homes? Take a look at our slideshow of the ways you can make your home one of the "smartest" ones on the block.
H/T: Arch Daily
Recently, French researchers at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble rolled out wallpaper that can block Wi-Fi signals. The technology dates back to 2004 when a British defense contrator was tasked to create a system that would restrict Wi-Fi from escaping the confines of a room while, at the same time, allowing mobile phone signals to get through.
As previewed in a concept smart house in Germany, smart-home tech would allow owners to control various appliances and settings with a mobile device. Want to put on a cup of coffee from the comfort of your bed? No problem!
Imagine having a giant iPad table, or an iTable. It exists! The ultimate smart house would have this technology on every flat surface in the home from the dinning room table to countertops and nightstands.
A Wi-Fi enabled refrigerator by Samsung goes far beyond the capabilities of your average fridge. The Samsung RF4289 allows users to play music via Pandora, read recipes online, check a Google calendar and even send a tweet.
With Wi-Fi-blocking wallpaper inside the house, smart home owners will need a separate device to enable backyards or front porches for high-speed Internet access. Created by Spanish tech company Via Inteligente, iPavement is a system of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-enabled tiles that is equipped with a 5GB microprocessor.
Ever want to go for a swim during the winter? With the Hydropool, smart home owners can swim laps inside their house, then, with a click of the button, make the pool disappear by raising the floor of the pool to meet the floor of the room.
Samsung's smart tv gives viewers control via gesture and voice commands. With Wi-Fi capabilities, users can also access Internet apps and social networking sites through the interface.
Sharp's Cocorobo can vacuum your house and speak three languages. If that's not techie enough for you, Cocorobo can also send photos to your cell phone.
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