Literally: the sliding house

Posted: February 23, 2009 in creativity


I think architecture arguably is the most exciting and most awe-inspiring discipline in the universe of artistic expression. And the sliding house is a good example.

Built in Suffolk in England, the brief to the architect was simple: to build a house to which the owners can retire to in order to grow food, entertain and enjoy the East Anglia landscape; the brief also included the one-line instruction to be radical in terms of design. The outcome is as unconventional as they come: a structure that has the ability to vary or connect the overall building’s composition and character according to season, weather or simply a desire to delight. All of this was achieved by sliding a house-sized roof sleeve structure back and forth over the actual house underneath.

Unfortunately I haven’t found the right video capture software yet that would have allowed me to display a video on the sliding house that I found on the Wallpaper site; it’s worth watching to get a better idea on the concept in action. Click here to go to the Wallpaper website to see the video clip.

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