When we think of something like space colony there are images from sci-fi movies coming to mind. But does not future always look like sci-fi until it turns into present?
As cities grow and lifestyles change, the homes we decide to live in will change as well. In fact, we are already starting to see unique housing alternatives, starting from solar and wind powered capsuled and ending with floating cities made of garbage or some underground pyramid-like block.
Well, let’s starts with already existing projects such as Ecocapsule.
Ecocapsule has a gigantic egg shape to minimize heat loss and capture rain water that is filtered in a water tank. It is solar- and wind-powered, but if both options fail there's a battery that will allow the pod to run for three to four days.
The ecocapsule costs $79,000 but keep in mind shipping can cost as much as $3,890 depending on where you are.
And if this egg-shaped tiny house is too small for you, you can try the ALPOD - a small mobile home made out of aluminum. It has a skylight and sliding doors to provide natural air. A bathroom and kitchen are pre-installed, but the rest of the space can be divided in whatever way you want. It'll be available for purchase in 2016.
There are also tiny houses designed by Harvard students for future getaways, but we wouldn't be surprised if these innovative designs were used for more long-term purposes someday. Solar panels are installed on some homes to provide electricity and power the electric toilet. You can rent the tiny houses in Massachusetts for $99 a night.
Modular homes are only going to become more popular. Prototype of such a home was designed by French architecture firm Multipod Studio. The PopUp House costs between $1,200 and $1,900, not including the cost of the construction team that comes to put it together.
The best part is it can be built in just four days using an electric screwdriver. The future of homes will include ones like the PopUp House that can easily be taken apart and put back together.
Apart from actual homes, more people electing to live in microapartments. New York City's first microapartments will be available for leasing in November. Located in Kips Bay, the Carmel Place apartments measure under 370 square feet. The Carmel Place apartments utilize space fairly efficiently and come with a kitchen, a desk that turns into a 10-seat dining table, and a bed that turns into a sofa.
As buildings get taller, your entire living experience might actually take place in a building, according to futurist Ian Pearson, a fellow at the World Academy for Arts and Science.
Both Pearson and a report released by Samsung called the SmartThings Future of Living Report think advancements in the way we do construction and the building materials we use will result in taller buildings.
Pearson said this could result in buildings becoming their own mini cities.
"We might have... thousands of people living in a single building as a self-contained city," Pearson told Tech Insider.
But if you suffer from acrophobia, you could live underground. The Samsung report envisions people will live in subterranean structures called Earth Scrapers in 100 years. There's actually a planned Earthscraper for Mexico City, which would be an upside-down, 65-story pyramid. But since the schematics were released in 2011, there’s nothing new about the project.
There could even be underwater cities.
The Samsung report envisions there will be aquatic communities in 100 years that will be powered by the waves and solar. You could potentially even live in a floating city. This floating city concept, called Aequorea, would house 20,000 residents and be built using garbage. Aequorea is still in concept phase, but it provides a glimpse of how people are thinking of the future of homes.
Perhaps even space colonies are not too far off. The Samsung report predicts space communities could emerge as asteroid mining becomes a viable commercial enterprise.