The Metamorphic D*Haus
Proving that the trend for transformative living spaces has real legs (see our previous thread, The Transformation House), London-based architectural and design studio The D*Haus Company has devised a house that can alter its configuration in response to the movements of the sun.
Based on a complex system of mathematical equations apparently first created by British mathematician Henry Dudeney in 1903, the metamorphic house transforms from its original triangular format into a square by splitting into four detachable modules. In the warmer seasons, the modules fold out on a track, transforming the interior walls into exterior walls and doors into windows – maximising exposure.
The building was originally designed to be used in Lapland, in order to synchronise with (and make the most of) the country’s extreme weather patterns. In the winter, temperatures can plummet to as low as -50 degrees Celsius with no sunlight for days; in the summer, temperatures rise to 30 degrees with 24-hour daylight.
While not yet a reality, the model and project research are currently being presented at Anise Gallery in London until November 30 2012.
For more information on how architecture can be used to tackle increasingly volatile weather conditions and extreme climates, see our reports Extreme Architecture and State-of-the-Art-Survival: Buildings that Defend & Protect.