Sliding House, Suffolk

    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.

    Client: Private
    Architect: dRMM
    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

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