Wondering how humans will live, eat, play and work in the future? Gizmodo is inviting New Yorkers to pique some of that curiosity even more at their first-ever "Home of the Future," running through Wednesday, May 21st. Organized as a room-by-room show-and-tell of cutting edge innovations from telepresence robots to lights powered by plant-eating bacteria to electric motorcycles to edible cups, the interactive exhibition lets visitors try on, test out, sit on or ingest nearly everything that is on display. And if you've got your laptop handy and want to escape your office for a bit, the venue will also double as a co-working space starting at 11am each morning through the close of the event. We checked out the Home of the Future in person last week - read on for 9 cool green products we spotted at the show!
The Bronx Box replaced an older bungalow home on the waterfront of the Eastchester Bay. With views of the water and the Throgs Neck Bridge, the two story, 1,816 sq ft home sits on a narrow lot with set-back, height and flood plane requirements. The resulting house, designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture, has a compact footprint with off-street parking, a small lawn, lots of outdoor deck space and tons of storage. The home is also raised up off the ground to contend with future flooding and features an expansive rooftop deck with planters for flowers and gardening.
The residence was constructed from two modules for the lower living space and upper bedroom area. Storage was added on the side with the addition of ‘saddle bag’ modules, and a two-story staircase module was added to the back. The downstairs features a linear organization of utilities and laundry, with an open kitchen and living room that leads out onto the deck. The upstairs has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with stairs up to the rooftop deck. Skylights integrated into the rooftop deck provide lighting for the bathrooms. The exterior is clad in low-maintenance materials like cement panels, metal roofing, cedar siding and ipe wood decking. Inside, the home features bamboo and slate flooring, maple cabinets, and Caeserstone countertops.
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