Autonomous House

Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France. 2019–ongoing

The Norman Foster Foundation is developing the design for the Autonomous House at Château La Coste.

In 1982, Norman Foster and Buckminster Fuller collaborated on the design for a prototype house. Form from two concentric geodesic domes that rotated independently, the Autonomous House could be reoriented to suit the position of the sun, creating its own microclimate. Worked on the project ceased after Fuller’s death in 1983.

As part of the impressive collection of art and architectural pieces of Chateau La Coste, the Norman Foster Foundation is continuing the development of this extraordinary project. Using innovative materials and technology, the updated structure will become a showcase for energy and environmental technologies as well as a gallery documenting the twelve years of Foster and Fuller’s fruitful collaboration.