Climate Strange: Mõ Ventus House Shifts With Weather

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The futuristic structure's living area features a micro-climate evaporation pool to cool the home during the summer.

Most homeowners enhance curb appeal by transforming the surrounding environment—lush landscaping, shade screens, solar panels, perhaps even a fresh coat of paint. A new Mõ Ventus concept turns that theory inside out with a flexible house that conforms to its outside environment. Designed by architect Todd Fix of Fixd Architecture Design, the high-concept home is so imaginative, it could pass for a Star Wars movie soundstage.

The futuristic structure's living area features a micro-climate evaporation pool to cool the home during the summer.

The futuristic structure’s living area features a micro-climate evaporation pool to cool the home during the summer.

Mõ Ventus House boasts a high-concept and zero-energy design.

Mõ Ventus House boasts a high-concept and zero-energy design.

Mõ Ventus House will cost between $3.5 million to $10 million to build.

Mõ Ventus House will cost between $3.5 million to $10 million to build.

Mõ Ventus House boasts a futuristic design, sustainable materials, and an advanced structural system that allow the house to adjust to environmental conditions and weather patterns. The structure is an architecturally unique, zero-energy luxury home not bound by geography, climate, or access to a power grid. It can be built anywhere in the world.

Although currently only a prototype, suitable international locations suggested for Mõ Ventus House include St. Tropez, France; Aspen, Colorado; Bora Bora, Tahiti; Palm Springs, California; Davos, Switzerland; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Ibiza, Spain; Maldives; Costa Rica; Thailand; Hong Kong; and more.

A complex system of retractable composite screens and insulated shells slide over cantilevered living areas.

A complex system of retractable composite screens and insulated shells slide over cantilevered living areas.

Opening and closing the retractable insulated shells keep the living area cool or warm as needed.

Opening and closing the retractable insulated shells keep the living area cool or warm as needed.

The technologically-advanced residence features four incomparable characteristics: real-time transformation, zero-energy design, environment immersion, and a dramatic home office with a spectacular view.

Motus (meaning “movement” or “motion”) is where the transformation between the home’s main, industrial-style living area and lofty home office-studio occurs. The complex system works via large retractable composite screens and insulated shells that slide over the cantilevered living areas like a sideways elevator (and back into the foundation as necessary).

The screens and shells allow for micro-management of day-lighting, heat gain, openness, and privacy. The movable compartments automatically open and close, powered by rooftop solar panels. The Motus living area, which spans from 5,000- to 12,000-square feet, also features a micro-climate evaporation pool to cool the home during the summer.

The Motus living area section lacks conventional walls, floors and ceilings.

The Motus living area section lacks conventional walls, floors, and ceilings.

Industrially-designed interiors

The home offers industrially-designed interiors.

Glass walled interiors offer unobstructed views in all directions.

Glass-walled interiors offer unobstructed views in all directions.

The Motus section’s design is akin to modern shipping containers covered by tarps to protect them from the elements—albeit a much more refined version. The home’s movable compartments are transparent, lightweight, and adaptable—owing to the lack of conventional walls, floors, and ceilings. The protective screens and shells can also be operated manually to allow more or less light and heat into the futuristic living space, simply by opening or closing. The home’s all-glass skin provides 180-degree views (top, bottom, and sides) for full immersion and connectedness to the surrounding environment.

The lofty home office-studio area rises high above all but the solar-powered rooftop which also houses organic gardens.

The lofty home-office studio area rises high above all but the solar-powered rooftop, which also houses organic gardens.

The home's all-glass design immerses the structure into the environment, offering 180-degree views from top to bottom to  sides.

The home’s all-glass design immerses the structure into the environment, offering 180-degree views from top to bottom to sides.

The Ventus or “wind cup,” (just beneath the cantilevered home office) which captures wind energy for fuel cell storage, is among the home’s most distinctive features. Topographically integrated into the structure, the curved wind basin with four bi-directional wind turbines collects prevailing winds to increase wind speed and resultant energy five-fold. Photovoltaic skins and arrays, hydrogen fuel cells, organic roof gardens, and three microclimatic cooling pools provide enough power to meet the home’s entire operational needs.

The curved Ventus “wind cup,” captures prevailing winds via bi-directional turbines which increase the home's energy five-fold.

The curved Ventus “wind cup” captures prevailing winds via bi-directional turbines, which increase the home’s energy five-fold.

Mõ Ventus House comes with optional outdoor movie screen within a beach-terraced amphitheater.

Mõ Ventus House comes with an optional outdoor movie screen within a beach-terraced amphitheater.

Mõ Ventus House is adaptable enough to be built anywhere in the world, regardless of climate or geography.

Mõ Ventus House is adaptable enough to be built anywhere in the world, regardless of climate or geography.

With an estimated cost of $3.5 million to $10 million, Mõ Ventus House can accommodate up to six bedrooms, three-plus bathrooms, a guest house, up to a 10-car garage, gym, climbing walls, rooftop deck, and an outdoor movie screen within beach-terraced amphitheater—all based on client needs.

Photos courtesy of Mõ Ventus

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