Throughout the twentieth century, there has been a fascination with the search for the “ideal” home, otherwise known as “the home of the future”. Many of the designs focused on mobility, flexibility and adaptability as a key innovative element. Some others explored the notion of the ideal in terms of the changing society. Most of them, however, and because of their theoretical or experimental nature, did not pass beyond the prototype stage.
Eventually, many ideas and concepts, once considered stimulating and exciting, though impractical, suddenly appear realizable. The 1960s saw a major outpouring of experimental architectural design. Almost simultaneously, an assortment of young avant-garde groups emerged around the world. It was through this experimentation that the notion of the capsule was born, as a new, leading design tool. The exploration of space, the achievements of technology, the increased mobility, the revolution of information, science fiction, are going to play their part to the generation of that peculiar work of architecture.
There is no doubt that these space-age experimental designs have been an influence on the development of architectural form, through the issues that they have explored and communicated. The idea of Homo Movens, the ever moving man, returns dynamically today.