From smartphone-charging “wind-up” chairs to bike-powered washing machines, there’s no shortage of home furnishings and appliances that require a bit of old-fashioned physical exertion to function. But an entire home where sweatin’ it out is required to keep electronics and appliances humming?
Well, grab your favorite pair of legwarmers and resurrect your C&C Music Factory cassette (I know you still have it), because it’s time to meet the JF Kit House, a conceptual micro-home where nearly everything is powered by physical fitness. Or, rather, nearly everything inside the home from the TV to the electric kettel is powered by its sweating, grunting, sit-up-crazed occupants.
Filled with exercise equipment (stationery bikes, weight stations, and other “kinetically powered mechanisms” to quote Architizer) and named in honor of Our Lady of the Belted Leotard — remarkably well-preserved actress/activist and 1980s VHS aerobics queen, Jane Fonda — the JF Kit House is described by Spanish firm Elii Studio as a “house of the future” where “citizens produce part of the energy requirements of their domestic spaces through their own physical activities.”
The JF-Kit House reveals the body as a waypoint duality critical battleground in the articulation of sustainable futures. Taking the centrality of the body to the extreme, the house offers a model for organizing citizenship ironic future sustainable societies: the "model of citizenship of Jane Fonda," which defines the ideal citizen as one individual who can meet all their domestic needs through exercise. By the radicalization of this model, the JF-Kit House aims to open a debate on the type of bodies that are assumed to be required to participate politically and to the proper functioning of sustainable economies. Specifically, the JF-Kit House asks: what kinds of bodies are those who imagine themselves to carry out those promises sustainable future? What types of domestic infrastructure required to produce these bodies? What are the new rituals, practices and domestic habits must be registered and activated by these bodies? And what is more important: What bodies are excluded from participating in such sustainable future and its promises?
And as Architizer points out, like any good gymnasium, the space is designed so that you can easily check out that hottie doing crunches several yards away. Or something along those lines: “Translucent and partial barriers introduced at odd angles allow occupants to view a number of rooms in the house at once, creating a dynamic and appropriately active sense of space. This spatial collage is also a visual reminder that the self-sufficient home is a holistic unit and not just a series of rooms and exercises, reflecting the idea that sustainability too is a holistic concept and not just a series of activities.”
More, including bearded muscle men watering the plants via lat pulldown, in the video below.