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A glass house offers its inhabitants a fantastic opportunity to connect with nature and bring more light in their lives. However, living in this type of house might be unpractical on bad weather, even uncomfortable since everyone can keep an eye on you at any moment of your night and day.
Few years ago dRMM, a design and architecture studio based in UK, came up with an ingenious structure with a glass paneled house included that provides both an aesthetic and functional living solution to country living. Located in Suffolk, UK, the Sliding House (as the construction was named) sits on rural land and encompasses three separate buildings: house, garage, and guest annex. While the house and the guest annex are situated on the same line, the garage is pulled off axis to create a courtyard between the three.
A fourth element of the design is, however, the key to what makes the Sliding House very special. This is represented by a 20-ton mobile roof and wall enclosure which move along rail tracks set into the ground and traverses the site, creating combinations of enclosure, open-air living and framing of views according to position. The roof is an autonomous structure powered by hidden electric motors on wheels integrated into the wall thickness. The railway tracks can be extended in the future should the residents wish to build a swimming pool, which in turn may need occasional shelter.
Photography © Alex de Rijke, Ross Russell
The Sliding House was completed in 2009 and received two important prizes in the same year: 2009 winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects East Award, and winner of “Best New-Build” and “Home of the Year” at the 2009 Grand Designs Awards.