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.
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
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.
Eaton SquareBee Nicholls2022-02-24T13:56:11+00:00