Sliding house that changes shape at the push of a button

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One push of a button and the Suffolk home starts to change shape. Ross Russell, with his friend Alex de Rijke, spent a year designing and building his moving house. It just takes six minutes for the steel and wooden shell that covers the building to slide forward as a canopy, pull back to cover the annex and yard or stop halfway, covering the bathroom and revealing the conservatory. The 22-ton mobile shell can be moved to offer shelter and sun in different parts of the house, thanks to the four electric motors powered by standard car batteries. The door openings are spaced to ensure safe exits in case the mechanism jams. The red timber cladding insulates the building in winter. Mr. Russell says…

In the winter we will have the roof pulled over to keep up warm. But on a summer evening it is a magical experience to be able to pull the roof back and sit in the sunshine.

Alex de Rijke, an old school friend of Russel and now an architect, says…

It is about the ability to vary the overall building composition and character according to season, weather, or a remote-controlled desire to delight.

Picturesque views from the sliding house change as the shell moves its position. Check out some more images and video of the sliding house after the jump.

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Via: DailyMail

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