Futuristic Retreat


We hear more and more about “Smart” homes – with wireless electronics, and thermostats that sense when we aren’t around. Dutch design firm Tjep took this responsive behavior a step further, incorporating it into all architectural functions of a concept design for a retreat home. The Isolée is a self-sufficient home, standing on four concrete post legs, with a shuttered facade that can open and close based on the weather. On the roof, the designers placed solar panels shaped like flowers, which can alter their position to follow the arc of the sun. And a wood-burning stove heats the home, through water pipes in the walls.