But it's probably the wrong way to see them.
Better they be considered as prototyping the bits from which near future urban living may evolve. By looking at, and generalizing useful fragments, we can forgive the imperfections of any particular individual dwellings.
In that spirit, look at
Baitasi House of the Future is built inside a house of the past
in Beijing, by Dot Architects
It is tempting to trace them back to Joe Colombo's Total Furnishing Unit of 1971, but it would be missing the point.
And then, the more general take-home messages:
- Building inside an existing primary weatherproof shell relieves you of using structural framing to resist loads like gravity and wind.
- It lets you use cabinet technology, in standard dimensions, which exploits already established benefits of large scale production.
- You can leave more materials unfinished, not only for their present beauty, but also with a view to future 'deconstructability'.
For a big gallery of images, see ArchDaily and Gessatto.
For the story and a video, see Treehugger.