Studio McLeod and Ekkist create balloon-powered flying houses concept | Architecture | Dezeen

The latest instalment in our Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores a concept for flying houses by Studio McLeod and Ekkist, which would allow people to move between cities and the countryside using hot air balloons.

The project by London-based architects Studio McLeod and design consultants Ekkist won second place in the Dezeen x MINI Living Future Urban Home Competition, which called for proposals for how people could live in 100 years time.

Called Hour Glass, the concept imagines small houses equipped with hot air balloons, which would enable residents to move their home from city to city, or between urban and rural environments.

“We will have the freedom to live in the city or in nature, with a choice of when to be connected or off-grid,” principal of McLeod Studio, Duncan McLeod, told Dezeen.

“We will be able to choose where to wake up each day,” he added.

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