Life in a biscuit tin.
I suppose that part of the allure of some future homes is that they
can be built like factory items: mass produced cheaply and with all
the compact efficiency of a Swiss army knife. That was certainly
the reasoning behind Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House. It was
meant to be a revolution in the housing industry. Built out of
stamped sheet metal, the Dymaxion House sat on a central pillar that
contained all of the utility lines. It was designed to heat and
cool naturally, had a diesel generator for power, and was light enough
to be air lifted anywhere.
It was a commercial failure.
the reason for Dymaxion's inability to take the world by storm was
probably Fuller's own interest in efficiency. The interior is
made up entirely of thin partitions, everything was made to fold up or
fold out to make way for something else, and there was a staggering
lack of privacy. It was a bit like living in a dorm room without
the relief of the occasional booze up.