Two hundred years ago, Henry David Thoreau withdrew from society and moved to Walden alone to reflect upon the nature of simple living.
Today, as we live and get lost in a world of consumption and environmental crises, what are our essential needs?
At House Vision, OPEN x XIAOMI challenge the conventions of living space and propose new possibilities for the future.
Perhaps the house is not just a stable architectural endpoint, but an industrial product that is portable and transferable.
Perhaps design can bring about more than superficial improvements in the quality of our living spaces.
Perhaps through the application of new design to the houses of the future, we can finally explore the nature of our essential needs and of truly simple living.
Imagine that humanity is forced to settle on Mars, our distant, lonely planetary neighbor.
There, we cannot rely on natural resources, as we have become so accustomed to on Earth.
There, we have no choice but to reduce the excessive consumption of our former lifestyles and carry only minimal essentials.
Recycling will be the only way we survive.
In letting go of the “extra”, we will come to rethink our lives in a simplified setting.
As we find new appreciation in every drop of water, every bite of food, and every breath of air,
can we finally find inner peace and discover the true nature of freedom?
Is this what we define as the ideal house of the future?
MARS Case presents a vision of this ideal house, seamlessly combining technology, product design, and architecture. Domestic appliances in Xiaomi’s current product lines can all be connected wirelessly and controlled over smart phones. MARS Case goes a step further to integrate separate electronic appliances into one synthesized product, The Home. It will harness and recycle the heat, exhaust, condensation, and so on generated by each different electronic module and feed it back into this integrated ecosystem. In another words, energy, water, and air will be fully recycled in the system, minimizing consumption of resources.
This is MARS Case.
A place of self-circulating energy and zero waste.
A compact, lightweight, and highly portable 2.4 meter x 2.4 meter x 2 meter module, from which a "living bubble" can be inflated, collapsed, and folded back within just like the packing and unpacking of a suitcase.
An ideal house to explore the boundless possibilities of the future.
| China Daily | Architect's 'suitcase house' aimed at young people call_made
| Inhabitat | Martian Tiny Home Prototype Champions Zero Waste and Self Sufficiency call_made
| Archinect | Architects present their Homes of the Future at the 2018 China House Vision Exhibition call_made
| ArchDaily | MARS Case/OPEN Architecture call_made
| DesignBoom | OPEN Architecture Conceives Minimal Housing Prototype for the Red Planet call_made
| Domus | A Minimal Housing Proposal to Survive on Mars call_made
Location: Beijing, China
Floor area: 12
Site area: -
Status: Under construction