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October 16, 2017 AT 6:00 am

Kids Design the House of the Future

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Made.com converted children dream homes into 3D renderings. Among the more whimsical ideas some reoccurring themes emerged. Safety and mobility came up repeatedly as concerns for these young architects. Via Co.Design:

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The British furniture retailer Made.com invited children between the ages of 4 and 12 to imagine the house of the future. They sketched their ideas, then Made.com worked with a 3D illustrator to turn the drawings into renderings. The ideas behind the houses revealed a glimpse into how children perceive the realities of the world and how those things are influencing their dreams.

Sure there are tree houses, castles in the sky, and homes where “windows are made out of melted strawberry lollipops”–the type of whimsy you’d expect from daydreaming kids. But Made.com noticed a few more thoughtful commonalities. “They displayed a clear concern for the environment, even at such an early age,” the company stated in a release. “One 8-year-old from Crawley has designed a forest based tree-home with sustainability in mind. Isla, 10, has designed something that powers itself completely, with solar panels covering all of the exterior walls and roof.”

In a more somber turn, some kids expressed safety concerns. A 12-year-old girl came up with a house that becomes invisible at night and a 7-year-old boy specified a house made from titanium bricks, bullet-proof windows, and a metal roof “for protection,” he noted on the drawing.

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