Sliding House by dRMM Architects

January, 8 2013 10:00

Posted inArchitecture

Probably every child, once in their lives, has dreamt of living in a house with moving walls. In the same way every adult, once in their lives, has dreamt of owning a house that could be transformed according to the needs and the circumstances.

What remains for many of us just a dream, for Ross and Sally Russell this has become a reality thanks to the London studio of architecture dRMM. In the Suffolk countryside, where there are strict rural planning rules, they have built the first house on rails in the whole of the UK: three main areas (a living room, a glass windowed main body and a guest room) are transformed and, when necessary, joined by a unique wooden and steel enclosure that moves with an electric motor on wheels built into the thickness of the shell (but easy to inspect), running on two side rails that form the perimeter on which the whole building is built.

 

Photography © Alex de Rijke, Michael Mack, via dRMM

 

Photography © Alex de Rijke, Michael Mack, via dRMM

 

Photography © Alex de Rijke, Michael Mack, via dRMM

 

As the architect sais, “the separated forms are transformed by a 20 ton mobile roof/wall enclosure which traverses the site, creating combinations of enclosure, open-air living and framing of views according to position. This is an autonomous structure; steel, timber, insulation and unstained larch spanning recessed railway tracks. The tracks can be extended in the future should the client wish to build a swimming pool, which may need occasional shelter”.

The two layers of the gable roof, clear reference of an architecture of rural tradition, fold down to become a wall that is expertly drilled to ensure proper lighting and the necessary privacy when it overlaps with the glass structure of the living room.

 

Photography © Alex de Rijke, Michael Mack, via dRMM

 

As commented by Will Jones in "De Architect", the Sliding House is not just a clever combination of efficiency and ingenuity, but also “a joyous building. It excites and enchants with each change in position. What better place to live than a home that alters according to your mood”.

 

Photography © Alex de Rijke, Michael Mack, via dRMM

 

Photography © Alex de Rijke, Michael Mack, via dRMM