Two hundred years ago, Thoreau withdrew from society and moved to Walden alone to reflect upon the nature of simple living.
Today, as we live and get lost in a world of consumption and environmental crises, what are our essential needs?
At House Vision, OPEN x XIAOMI challenge the conventions of living space and propose new possibilities for the future.
Perhaps the house is not just a stable architectural endpoint, but an industrial product that is portable and transferable.
Perhaps design can bring about more than superficial improvements in the quality of our living spaces.
Perhaps through the application of new design to the houses of the future, we can finally explore the nature of our essential needs and of truly simple living.
Imagine that humanity must immigrate to Mars, our distant, lonely planetary neighbor.
There, we cannot rely on natural resources, as we have become so accustomed to on Earth.
There, we have no choice but to reduce the excessive consumption of our former lifestyles and carry only minimal essentials.
Recycling will be the only way we survive.
In letting go of the “extra”, we will come to rethink our lives in a simplified setting.
As we find new appreciation in every drop of water, every bite of food, and every breath of air,
can we finally find inner peace and discover the true nature of freedom?
Is this what we define as the ideal house of the future?
OPEN x XIAOMI present their conception of this ideal house, which combines technology, product design, and architecture.
Space is no longer about defined boundaries, but rather concerns itself with allowing for freedom and variation in lifestyle.
Artificial networks of devices and technology products become visible connections between separate activities inside the house, while the house itself is essentially a self-contained, endlessly renewable circulation system of energy, water, and air.
MARS Case, by OPEN x XIAOMI, is a Mars house proposal for our generation.
A place of self-circulating energy and zero pollution.
A 2.4 meter by 2.4 meter by 2 meter movable case, made of light inflatable materials able to be expanded and collapsed during transportation.
An ideal house to explore the boundless possibilities of the future.
Location: Beijing, China
Floor area: 12
Site area: -
Status: Under construction