ARCHITECT's parent company Zonda has launched the 2024 Virtual Concept Home by Livabl, a flexible dwelling designed to "meeting the needs of both home owners and home builders in any region," according to a Zonda press release. The approximately 2,300-square-foot design deploys a bevvy of tools from Zonda Virtual, providing users with access to customizable floor plans, 3D renderings, and virtual reality walkthroughs. Aimed to offer design autonomy for countless homeowners—including empty-nesters and multigeneration households—the Virtual Concept Home also includes a focus of efficient design and sustainable products.
“This collaborative and innovative effort brought together leading homebuilders, architects, and designers to create a flexible and inspiring virtual home,” said Jeff Meyers, CEO of Zonda, in the same release. “This isn’t a futuristic over-the-top home, this is a home for today’s consumers—taking into consideration the changes of the past few years and how people live in and use their homes now.”
The Virtual Concept Home was privately introduced at the 2023 Builder 100 conference in Dana-Point, Calif., hosted by Builder, ARCHITECT's sister publication, and publicly revealed at Pacific Coast Builders Conference today in Anaheim, Calif. Attendees were able to tour the Virtual Concept Home using VR and to learn more about the project's development, which was created in partnership with Bassenian | Lagoni architects, CDC Designs, SMP Environmental landscape designs, Schweitzer & Associates; leading builders Shea Homes, Mattamy Homes, New Home Co., Thrive Home Builders, and Davidson Communities; sponsors JELD-WEN, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), Trex, Schneider Electric, James Hardie, and Kohler.
“I call the house a chameleon because it truly can adapt itself based on the user’s needs at a snapshot in time,” Dave Kosco, director of design at Bassenian Lagoni, told Builder. “I guess it is a chameleon because we have a bunch of different color schemes that we can turn on and off as well.”