The zeroHouse, a concept home designed by the New York architecture firm Specht Harpman, would run on solar power and rain water, use gravity-fed plumbing instead of traditional energy-demanding pumps, and recycle its waste.

SF site likens it to the advanced abodes described in the Arthur C. Clarke novel Childhood’s End, which could be anywhere on land, or even in the sea. The zeroHouse isn’t quite there yet, but it certainly would make its occupants feel like the characters in an SF novel. Even the winged solar panel design is reminiscient of the International Space Station. Unfortunately, though, the couches don’t look very comfortable.—Gregory Mone