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The Homes Of The Future Are Nothing Like You Imagined Them To Be (PHOTOS)

04/21/2014 09:50 am ET | Updated Apr 22, 2014

When envisioning the houses of tomorrow, smartphone-connected appliances, new levels of sustainability and maybe even a robot maid just like the one the Jetson family had understandably come to mind -- but not for this postgraduate architecture student Gonzalo Vaíllo Martínez. Not only is his vision barely a "standard" home at all, it's borderline terrifying.

Inspired by microcellular systems and biogenetics, the sprawling, fluid structures are designed to be made from concrete and 3-D printed panels and frames and to be adaptable to any size or type of terrain. But his ingenuity doesn't end there, as the metallic frames, which can evolve into new shapes and forms, are rigged with a series of blinds that "open and close like gills" to let light and air permeate the, um, liquid blob.

And if you ask the designer himself, the future of these homes might not be as far off as we probably imagine.

"We have more than enough technology not only to design projects such as this one, but also to materialize them," he claims. "This is not science fiction or something possible in the near future, it is possible today if we push the boundaries of the resources we have now."

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