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, acoustic and mood for the house.
Client: Private
Winner: RIBA Regional Award
Winner: Grand Designs Awards Best New-build Home and Best Home of the Year
Shortlisted: Wood Awards Shortlisted: D&AD Awards
Highly Commended: World Architecture Festival
Sliding 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 mechanism. A ground source loop provides heating and cooling via heat exchangers.

Sliding house
Sliding house

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