The Sliding House

A house in Suffolk, England designed by dRMM Architects, pushes the boundaries of conventional design with a house that slides to create more space.

At first glance the house looks like any other beautifully designed house but there is one thing that sets it apart from any other house you might have seen before. The glass house inside the structure slides out, giving its owners an extension - whenever they want.

What appears to be exterior walls and a roof are actually a second skin that slides across a longitudinal axis to reveal a second facade. Sliding back and forth, the mobile exterior offers the house’s residents incredible flexibility with the look and behaviour of the building.

The lighting and mood of the interior spaces can be altered with the simple movement of the exterior. The building’s architectural trick also mean the heating and cooling loads of the house can be manipulated throughout the year.

Glass and red rubber work in unison with the timber of the roof/wall enclosure to create a pleasing and unassuming shape that resembles the barns and sheds of the rural countryside. The entire house sits on a concrete bed, which partially hides the surprising mechanism that allows the home to reveal a second facade.

This house proves that with innovative thinking you can create something amazing, even if you have tight planning constraints. It is after all the hallmark of a great architect.

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