The magical sliding house by dRMM
Appearing as a large red barn with wooden detailing, this project designed by London architect firm dRMM has a hidden characteristic, which is truly incredible.
The development consists of three separate buildings, a main house, garage and a guest wing. The owners wanted to be able to grow food, entertain and enjoy the landscape. The innovative residential project is nestled in the English countryside near Suffolk and includes a motor-driven enclosure, which is able to slide up and down the building's exterior for the option of coverage or exposure.
The mobile element is 28 metres long and weighs 50 tons and its ability to move is ensured by rails that are set into the ground. The purpose of this inventive aspect is to create shifting outdoor living areas allowing the option to choose your view, lighting conditions and sense of enclosure inside the house.
The project was completed in 2009 and has since won awards such as the Royal Institute of British Architects East Award, 'Best New Build' and 'Home of the Year' at the Grand Designs Awards.