“Oblivion” boasts futuristic home designed by the director

The recently released Tom Cruise blockbuster, “Oblivion”, featured a futuristic home that not only made us green with envy but could actually be a glimpse into what homes could look like in the future.

Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski

The movie centres around a future where humans have left earth to live in lunar colonies, the few people left behind call Skytower home. Skytower is a residence, command centre and a heliport - did we mention that it hovers roughly 915 meters above the earth?

Skytower - the finished product

In most post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies, homes of the future all have the same look. Grim, dark and very depressing, but in Oblivion that is not the case - Skytower is a thing of beauty and we wouldn’t mind if it was actually real.

Director Joseph Kosinski, an alum of Columbia University’s architecture program, says that when he first wrote the treatment for a film eight years ago, he added three key images of his own. One of those images became what we now know as SkyTower.

He says that although he did do the initial 3-D sketches for Skytower, he still needed the expertise provided by his production designer, Darren Gilford. The two had worked together before, Kosinski was also the director for TRON: Legacy in which the interiors were also very sleek and ultra modern.

Initial 3-D sketch created by Kosinski

3-D finished sketch, after it was fleshed out by the production team

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