Future Evolution House, Vienna

:: PRESS INFORMATION ::

We are very pleased about all interest in the house from journalists, but would kindly ask you to read the following information in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

The Future Evolution House is a future house with a difference. It is not a “show house” for technological demonstrations. We, a family of four, live and work here so we would ask you to respect the needs of our office and our private sphere, and accept that there will be some time constraints, and restrictions when it comes to photos/interviews/filming etc.

For interviews about the house we can recommend the following themes:

  • The Social Architecture of the future
    How are lifestyle, values and family structures changing in a mobile knowledge society, and how does this affect home and furniture design? Also what role do the aging society and changing roles of men and women have on how we will live in the future?
    Our house works on the principle of open space architecture that enables a balance between needs of the individual and the family. Also important is the question of work-life balance, and gender architecture. How differently do men and women see space, function and technology in the home? And what can we learn out of these differences for the future?
  • Smart Technology
    How much do people’s needs and behavior influence the development of technology and vice versa?
    We try to find new answers to the questions of technological convenience. We try to avoid complicated systems, cable spaghetti, fat instruction booklets and ugly devices. Where possible we want devices to be invisible, to provide elegant and simple solutions and to reduce complexity instead of increase it.
  • New Green Design
    Can green technology be aesthetically pleasing in the age of design?
    The Future Evolution House works with post-fossil fuel energy technology, but is not a passive house. We hope to become instead an active house – and in the near future produce more energy than we use. We also try to work with the psychology of energy use – for example how can we save energy without turning into a kind of paranoid eco-dictator. Themes such as electro-mobility and energy grid technology but also smart gardening all belong in our experiment. We have a vision that green design can not only be cool but elegant too.

Contacts:

  • Oona Strathern-Horx journalist, book writer and trend researcher who planned many of the details and ideas for the interior.
  • Matthias Horx, futurist who contributed many wonderful ideas and much optimism.
  • Tristan and Julian Horx the sons who have since filled the house with their special form of productive chaos.

To visit the house, for a speech or an interview please contact:
Michaela Németh
, our office manager tel: 0043 1 4791455).

For photos:
Klaus Vyhnalek
, our photographer can supply great photos on all aspects of the house klaus@vyhnalek.com.

 

PARTNERS:
We are working with these innovative companies on the project. Please click on the logo for more information:


BMW i3

www.bmw.at/i3


We are drawn to Dornbracht by their consequent design and philosophy around the theme of water.

Minimalism meets technical expertise, plus innovation, and excellent personalized professional advice. And they still find time to support the arts, explore world food culture and bathing rituals and innovate.

www.dornbracht.com


Alape is not just about sinks. It is about individuality and shaping space. A great challenge for a bathroom, but one that they rise to with great success.

In a time where bathrooms are becoming ever more central to interior design, they have responded with a clear and clever range of simple but stunning sinks.

www.alape.com


Italian kitchen design at its best.

"Duemilaotto" by our favourite designer Piero Lissoni stands out for its distinct tactile look. A bold but beautiful combination of elegant kitchen block and cupboards contrasted cleverly with a weathered wooden dining table top. Made from pinewood salvaged from a 100 year old Italian mountain hut it brings individuality plus authenticity and history back into modern design.

www.boffi-berlin.de


Quooker is a small, simple but brilliant product that ticks all the boxes for being part of a future house.

It saves energy, makes life easier, and you can throw a bulky appliance (the kettle) away. The Quooker delivers boiling water on tap (literally), and as a British 3 litres-of-tea-a-day drinker, this is one of my favourite future house innovations.

www.quooker.com


The distinctive modern signature look of the flooring from this Danish company belies the fact that it was founded in 1898.

Four generations later they are still a friendly family firm, with carefully managed forests whose philosophy seems to say "we look after the trees, and you look after the wood."

www.dinesen.com


Liebherr are constantly working to improve the efficiency of these traditionally energy-gobbling appliances.

The company do not just think environmentally, but also about the environment inside the fridge itself – with their BioFresh drawers to keep food fresher for longer.

www.liebherr.com