1956: House of the Future
Because we have the drawings in our collection, we’ve accumulated quite a bit of content related to the House of the Future. Some of it appears below.
From our collection database:
Peter and Alison Smithson designed the House of the Future for the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition. The exhibition was held in the Olympia Exhibition Centre from March 6-31 1956 (DR1995:0046:001-006). The House of the Future was never intended for actual production but for theoretical discussion. Designed around a courtyard garden that supplied natural lighting and private outdoor space, there were few windows on the exterior walls allowing the houses to be placed directly side-by-side. For viewing purposes, there was no roof but an elevated platform so exhibition goers could look inside the house from above. Appliances and work areas were hidden from view within cubicles allowing for a large open space in which to live.