The Sliding House

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sliding-housedRMM designed the Sliding House for a private client who desired a home to retire to in order to grow food, entertain and enjoy the landscape. The site offered a combination of rolling england and agricultural Holland which was perfect for the architect’s & client’s shared appreciation of vernacular farm buildings.

The outcome is conventional building forms with unconventional detailing, radical performance and a big surprise. The linear building which is sliced into three areas; house, garage and annex, can be transformed by a 20 ton mobile roof/wall enclosure. This is an autonomous structure of steel, timber, insulation and unstained larch spanning recessed railway tracks. Movement is powered by hidden electronic motors on wheels integrated into the wall thickness. The tracks can be extended in the future should the client wish to build a swimming pool, which may need occasional shelter.

The Sliding House offers the ability to vary in overall composition and character according to season, weather and a remote-controlled desire to delight.

Written by Offbeatism [LMD]

November 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

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