An Architectural First: The Sliding House

An Architectural First: The Sliding House

Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 27, 2009


When most people get tired of their home, or things feel a bit stale, we rearrange furniture and add in a few new throw pillows. But for this UK homeowner it isn't the decor that is easily changed, it's the structure of the house itself that can be modified on a whim. What appears to be the walls and roof of the building is really a "slide-able shell" that changes the layout of the home. Click through the jump to see how it all works!

While reading up on things over at Inhabitat, we ran across this simple, yet secretive and slightly deceiving barn style house. What appears to be a straight forward design of wood and glass is really something of an architectural first. The house, for lack of a better technical term, slides.

The feat was accomplished by dRMM Architecture for a client looking for a place to retire to (we should all be so lucky) that was sustainable and allowed him to grow his own food. The house consists of three buildings all in a row with a garage off to the side. A shell is then able to move back and forth across the three buildings on a track as needed. This allows the homeowner to adjust things not only as the weather changes (wouldn't it be nice to swim in your outdoor pool while it's raining?), but throughout the day to help heat and cool the home naturally with just the flick of a switch. (You can watch a timelapse video of the process downloadable from their site)

Spending the later part of our life in a movable home made of red rubber, wood and glass sounds like a fantastic way to spend our time. We're excited about this new take of having a roof over our heads and think it should be a great idea to watch going forward.

Read more at Inhabitat or from dRMM. And you can even see the sliding house in action over at Unplggd!

Photos courtesy of dRMM

posted originally from: AT:Chicago

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