New House of the Future Coming to Disneyland


Motorola House of the Future, 1962, via Plan59

I have always loved houses of the future, even though the future never seems to come. I think that perhaps the Monsanto House of the Future (watch the incredible film of it here) inspired me to become an architect. So I was really excited to hear that Disney is going to build a new one. Until I read more.

Frigidaire Kitchen of the Future, 1957, via Plan59. I love the hover-meat.

It is a $15 million collaboration of The Walt Disney Co., Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, software maker LifeWare and home builder Taylor Morrison.

"The 5,000-square-foot home scheduled to open in May will look like a normal suburban home outside, but inside it will feature hardware, software and touch-screen systems that could simplify everyday living.

Lights and thermostats will automatically adjust when people walk into a room. Closets will help pick out the right dress for a party. Countertops will be able to identify groceries set on them and make menu suggestions."

The new home will be made of wood and steel and finished in muted browns and beiges, said Sheryl Palmer, president and chief executive of Taylor Morrison in North America.

"The 1950s home didn't look like anything, anywhere. It was space-age and kind of cold," she said. "We didn't want the (new) home to intimidate the visitors. We want the house to be real accessible to our guests."

I'm sorry, the 50s home was innovative and inspiring, small and efficient, full of the best architectural ideas that the MIT department of architecture could throw at it, using the most original (if now seen to be misguided) construction technologies of the day.

And Disney is building a 5,000 square foot McMansion in beige so not to "intimidate the visitors." Why not challenge and inspire them instead? What a waste of a fifteen million dollar opportunity. ::USA TODAY

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