From online small-house-plan hawkers Hometta comes this video preview of H-Town, a virtual neighborhood where versions of the company’s modern home designs (several of which are from Houston architects) will always be open for visitors. If the preview bears more than a passing resemblance to Second Life, that’s because it uses OpenSimulator — an open-source Second Life-like 3D environment simulator.
H-Town isn’t modeled on Houston, explains Hometta’s Ann Chou — the H stands for Hometta. The small island features sidewalks, roads, a plaza, a gallery, and a market for Hometta’s small line of “Etc.” products the company also sells plans for, such as Collaborative DesignWorks’ 3×3 storage system:
and this Brett Zamore Design carport:
A welcome pavilion on H-Town’s plaza will feature navigation instructions — for teleporting to the houses or opening doors and windows:
A few H-Town homes may seem familiar. Brett Zamore Design’s Shot-Trot House was built in Houston’s East End before it ended up on H-Town’s virtual shore:
And Interloop—Architecture’s 48′ House
is missing its prime Highway 59-side location:
Here’s Collaborative DesignWorks’ yet-to-be-built Binary House, in traditionally rendered
and OpenSim views:
Visits to H-Town will be free. Chou reports house-plan explorers will be able to chat and IM each other — on a purely professional basis, of course: At launch you’ll only be able to choose from local architect, licensed builder, attorney, and lender avatars.
- H-Town. Coming Soon. [Hometta]
- Welcome to H-Town, OpenSim used to create a virtual neighborhood of sustainable modern houses [The Arch Network]
- Kaplan House (shot-trot) [Brett Zamore Design]
- 48′ House [Interloop—Architecture]
- Previously on Swamplot: Gingerbread Modern: A First Draft House You Can Bake Yourself, From the Houston Mod Squad: Hometta Small House Plans, Online