The docuseries takes the viewers around the globe to showcase some of the most extraordinarily designed dwellings. Apple TV’s Home has been filmed in Sweden, Bali, Chicago, Hong Kong, Maine, India, Malibu, Austin, and Mexico. The series gives the viewers an inside look of the homes and also provides a glimpse of the psyche of the homeowners, engineers, and architects. The homeowners share their inspiration behind the idea of building such unique homes and also share their journey with the viewers.
The projects explored in each episode are questioning the pre-defined architectural answers and spatial configurations, responding to a complex, highly personal set of needs, or exploring uncommon construction materials and building techniques, whether local or high-tech. From bamboo architecture in Bali to a Swiss-army-knife apartment in Hong Kong, to 3D-printed houses for a community in Mexico, the series explores an array of innovative takes on what a “home” can be, providing great inspiration for re-thinking residential space.
The one that caught my eye is the Amazing Edgeland House
In Austin, a group of architects and ecologists have created a house and landscape design that celebrates the unique climate, living species, and cultural traditions of Central Texas. It’s perched on an east Austin bluff overlooking the Colorado River, on a reclaimed industrial site.
It was designed with architect Thomas Bercy (pictured on the right), of Bercy Chen Studio, and the late ecologist Mark Simmons (pictured on the left), former director of the Ecosystem Design Group for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for a science fiction writer and his wife, Augustine Rodriguez of AGI Miagi.
Edgeland House is about healing the land and ameliorating the scars of the site’s industrial past. The project raises awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources by creating a balance between the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on the opposite side of the site.
Both visually and functionally, Edgeland House touches on architecture as site‐specific installation art and as an extension of the landscape. The program is broken up into two separate pavilions, living and sleeping quarters, and requires direct contact with the outside elements to pass from one to the other. This project sets new standards for sustainability while providing great aesthetic qualities through its small footprint and integrated mechanical features.
For more information on the late ecologist Mark Simmons, please read “In Memoriam: Mark Simmons” and watch a short video titled “Upping the Urban Green. What is the Actual and Potential Role of Ecology in our Cities?” by Dr. Mark Simmons and Christine Thuring from Our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2013.
Watch Apple TV+ Official Trailer for the “Home” Series: