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Bon Voyage

Eric Huynh, Uirim Jin & Tim Follett-Dion

The Bon Voyage is a house designed for a family of 3-4 set 100 years in the future, in the year 2122. There will be many changes to the environment, technology, and how we work and think during those 100 years. One hundred years from now, global warming will cause ice to melt in the north and south atmospheres. In addition, many islands like Hawaii and water coasts will be covered up by water due to rising sea levels, limiting the amount of land for people to live on. Our design incorporates the newly formed water environment as a space of use and moves the general population into the water to solve the limited space. This house is designed to work as a form of transportation and accommodation. It can also freely traverse the ocean, with pitstop communities spread out. The people will live more of a nomadic lifestyle. Technology allows them to connect with people from all over the world, work from home, travel to wherever they want, and immerse themselves in the world’s cultures, traditions, and new experiences to gain. The idea will create a free lifestyle and allow you to bring your home wherever you want.

The Bon Voyage consists of four floors encased within a glass sphere with an outdoor deck acting as greenspace and a “backyard” area, so it is not lost when moving from a traditional house on land to a house on the water. How technology will advance is uncertain, so we decided to develop some ideas on what kind of technology there will be. The glass sphere will act the same way as a solar panel and collect sunlight as energy to help sustain the house. This glass changes opacity, color, and reflectance throughout the day to account for changes in daylight and helps control indoor temperatures. The shape allows for views from many angles. Floor 2 acts as the control room and a perfect space for stargazing. Floor 1 is the kitchen, living, and dining space and is the most public space within the house. There is also an outdoor area for gardening and outdoor activities on this floor. Subfloor 1 has two bedrooms and two individual workspaces. These spaces are a lot more private and are underwater. Subfloor 2, the lowest and most private floor, has a bathroom and mechanical/storage/laundry room.

As more people continue living in houses located within the ocean, additional community stations will be built up as places for replenishment and entertainment. The community is an artificial island that extends deep into the ocean. The community is welcoming to all and offers a public square and greenspace on top, while below sea level offers entertainment, supplies, food, and anything else one needs or wants. It also contains production and agricultural facilities operated by AI. The community uses hydropower to generate power and uses biomimicry as one of its design factors. In addition, it has an extensive water filtration system on the bottom that is designed based on a baleen whale’s teeth to help in the filtering process of the ocean water to be used as a clean water supply.

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