This self-build project presents a modern reinterpretation of the vernacular long-barns of Suffolk.
This extraordinary piece of experimental architecture features a wheeled outer carapace that rolls on tracks over an inner structure to provide infinitely variable insulation, shading, light, acoustics and moods for the house.
The 16 tonne carapace comprises a steel portal frame with larch cladding and is driven by car battery powered electric motors. The inner enclosure is formed with timber stud and joist cassettes and industrial-scale greenhouse construction.
A piled foundation was specified to provide sufficient stiffness to ensure the correct functioning of the sliding carapace. A ground source loop provides heating and cooling via heat exchangers.
Project Value: Undisclosed
Winner: Grand Designs Best New-Build Home 2009
Winner: Grand Designs Best Home of the Year 2009
Winner: RIBA Regional Award 2009
Images 1-9 courtesy of dRMM