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UK designers David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson have devised a concept for a shape-shifting house that morphs to deal with changing times of day, seasons and weather conditions (+ movie).

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Woolfson and Grünberg launched The D*Haus Company to develop the concept for the experimental house, which would fold into different configurations so that it can take on up to eight different shapes.

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The house was first conceived as part of Grünberg's graduation project. "It was originally devised as a home for Lapland to deal with extreme temperatures," Woolfson told Dezeen. "Not many people know it, but they have warm summers and also really cold winters." He went on to explain how they've since developed the concept so that the house could be used anywhere in the world.

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The designers developed the form of the house around the mathematical formula calculated by Henry Dudeney to transform an equilateral triangle into a square, which splits the building into four separate modules.

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Rooms would fold out on rails so that interior partitions become exterior walls during warmer seasons, plus the whole building would also be able to rotate to follow the direction of the sun across the day. "We're still deciding how it would work in reality," said Woolfson.

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The designers are presenting their initial research and a model of the house at an exhibition at Anise Gallery in London.

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We've featured a few moving buildings on Dezeen, including one with a facade that flaps like the wings of an insect.

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Images and movie are by AVR London.

  • Post

    Isn’t it the art of architecture to design a building that lets you enjoy times and seasons without the need of such a cheap (but extremely complicated and expensive) trick?

    • Kdog

      They said Christopher Columbus was daft! Hats off. Bravo! Great movie and images, shame there is no music or explosions.

  • Grapes

    ”A house is a machine for living!”

  • Lola

    We like moving buildings!

  • Hammer

    Are prefab homes within the architectural realm?

  • Jack Sparrow

    “A morally good building is… assumed to be:

    1) permanent
    2) fixed in one place (built from the bottom up on firm foundations)
    3) architect-designed
    4) unique

    If any item on this list remains unchecked, then the building in question will probably not qualify as ‘proper’ architecture.”

    This extract from the book The Prefabricated Home really suggests a prejudice in a moral debate on how architecture should be.

    • Nee-no

      I disagree completely. All of these points you raise can be attributed to many suspect buildings with little or no morality.

  • Bromie James

    A morally good building is… ?

    ‘‘This is the age of modern efficiency. No longer can human hands compete with machine precision and production. Speed with accuracy is the watchword in any department of our great factory.’’

    Sears Roebuck house catalogue of 1926

  • Maty

    ”Our eyes are constructed to enable us to see forms in light. Primary forms are beautiful because they can be clearly appreciated. Working by calculation, engineers employ geometric forms, satisfying our eyes by their geometry and our understanding
    by their mathematics; their work is the direct line of good art.” Le Corbusier

  • Robert J

    Looks like a James Bond house!

  • Essay

    A house that can turn from a perfect square to a perfect triangle! Whatever next?! Impressive.

  • Ruf

    Stop quoting 100 year old quotes!

    • Andy

      How about 3 weeks old?

      “What we saw [during the boom] was that people first made a shape and then said, ‘What can we do with it?’ ” he told the publication. “That worries me. There should always be a relationship between form, concept, programmatic forces and sustainability. Form should not be autonomous. It should not be a fashionable thing.”

      – Wiel Arets, Dezeen interview

      • Apple

        I disagree, the mathematical formula creates the link between form, concept and programme. These ancient divine forms combine as square morphs into triangle. The programme governs the movement, and another clear shape is produced, the circle. The turning circles of the house are recorded, leaving a memory on the land that it moves upon.

        Why does it move? Again this is a response to the programme. It allows the user to adapt and be as efficient as possible at optimum times of year, positioning itself within its context. When it’s cold it wraps up with high thermal mass and then has the ability to unfold and be completely open.

  • Jordan NOTTS!

    Think it would make a great holiday home, too. You could lock it up in the winter (square formation) then open it up and play with it in the summer, turning to face the mountains one day then the lake the other day. I want one. How much are they?

  • Base

    I think it’s really positive that fresh ideas are blooming in a recession. Architects are literally building their own projects.

  • Peter

    Nice. Saw this the other day at the exhibition these guys are currently doing. Not often do you see a refreshing piece of adaptable architecture these days.

  • David

    ”Dreams must have drains!” How do the services work?

  • Good luck getting a contractor to give a warranty on a reasonably priced hinge and operating system.

    • mauro

      Oh! Come on!

      • Okay, let me frame this another way.

        Cost: I was recently looking into the cost per metre of pedestrian bridges. A bridge that has a rotation mechanism (i.e. Gateshead Millennium Bridge) will cost a factor of ~25x per metre compared to one that’s static. Is it reasonable or logical to use resources in such a manner?

        Maintenance: such a mechanism would need regular maintenance. If it stops working every summer/winter when you want to move things, how do you go about fixing it? Do you factor that into the build cost?

        • Davey jones

          Burtja, in the words of Barack Obama: ”your people will judge you for what you build, not what you destroy’. It’s easy to knock something pal.

  • Not sure how cost-effective that would be, compared with modern insulating solutions. But hey, it’s an interesting idea :)

  • Great design and idea. Not too much morphing, rather turning, happening.

  • Pookie

    Wowsa! I think this is so refreshing. It’s like a Rubik Cube. The house become parametric, but old-school parametrics, not the nonsense you get these days. Doors become windows and windows become doors depending on the application or season.

    This is a fantastic original idea. Who can say that these days.

  • Apple

    Either way this design really seems to effect people in a strong way! Whether they like it or not. That alone forms good art.

  • How are humans protected against the moving modules? Imagine a three-year-old who doesn’t understand what the house is doing while he is playing on the rails…

    • “Honey, I can’t find the cat”

      “Oh oh…”

    • mauro

      Why would a three year old child be playing alone in the garden without any parental surveillance? And why would the parents be playing with the morphing buttons and changing the form of the house instead of looking what their child is doing? Thoughts should be filtered before being ventilated.

  • Alison

    I wonder what will happen when I’m done with my shower and leaving the bathroom (naked) when my husband decides to press the morphing button.

    • That might answer my concerns over how to finance such a project :P

    • Mauro

      How realistic. You really know how to erradicate joy out of things.

  • Davey jones

    ”If you build it, they will come!”

  • al_mck

    “We’re still deciding how it would work in reality,” said Woolfson. Nuff said.

  • A house is for living, but experiments are necessary.

  • Rae Claire

    Opens up possibilities. Not so practical, but I imagine all the problematic bits could be taken care of. Except the increased danger of getting lost in one’s own house.