Some people love sleeping with a fan blowing. The white noise drowns out a lot of the other sound from the environment, and the constant wind will help keep the room nice and cool so that you can snuggle up under layers of comfy covers. If you’re a fan-lover, then how would you feel about living your life atop a giant wind turbine out in the middle of the ocean?
Morphocode, an interdisciplinary architectural group, has unveiled plans for a futuristic loft set atop a functional wind turbine. They envisioned these homes as a place where lonely technicians to rest during long, extended trips out into the middle of nowhere to perform maintenance on these already functional wind turbines. Alternatively, the home could be built for somebody who’s very energy-conscious, has absolutely no fear of heights whatsoever, prefers solitude, and love sleeping with a fan on.
I realize that this type of home isn’t for everybody. In fact, I suspect that you couldn’t even pay a lot of people to live in one of these homes. The height would be too horrifying and the solitude would be lonely. For a certain type of person, though, these turbine homes could be a unique paradise, giving someone absolute peace and a backyard that anybody would envy.
My favorite thing about this idea is how it approaches the idea of an industrial loft. Lofts are all about recycling old industrial spaces to make them suitable for human habitation. Going back to our earlier post this week about aquatic architect Koen Olthuis, it’s entirely possible that we will see a new wave of utility-residential hybrid structures. If architects are truly going to begin exploring water as an alternative to land for houses and neighborhoods, it’s just logical to attach wind turbines, wave energy harvesters, and solar panels so that the inhabitants can have all of the power they need without access to power cables.
The other neat thing about Morphocode’s radical idea is that they incorporate function into the design of the building itself. Normally, architects try to hide things like wires, plumbing, insulation, and other utility features of a house. With this blueprint, Morphocode is saying, “That which is useful is beautiful!” This turbine reminds me of other water-utility hybrids, like this waterfall-zoo design.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this style catches on in the near future. If Koen Olthuis is right and humans really do begin migrating out into the vast oceans, then it’s perfectly natural to use architecture to draw attention to the surrounding ocean in all of its beauty.
What do you think about this design? Do you love the way that Morphocode combined utility, home comfort, and natural beauty? Would living out in the middle of the ocean on top of a giant turbine give you the most relaxing sleep you’ve ever had? Or would you go stir crazy so far removed from society?