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Smart House That Changes Shape According to Weather

One of our amazing Tiny House Newsletter readers, Paul Jordan, just shared this amazing smart house that changes shape according to the weather. It’s not tiny. It’s hardly small. It’s not very simple. But I still think it’s pretty brilliant and want to show it to you right now.

And who knows, maybe we can use some of these ideas for designing a smart tiny house for the future? It’s called the D*Haus and it’s the creation of David Groenberg and Daniel Wolfson, two British architects. The house has 8 different configurations depending on the weather and changing seasons.

Smart House Adapts with Weather and Seasons

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VIDEO: The Dynamic D*Haus Adapts to Weather and Seasons

VIDEO #2: How It Works

VIDEO #3

Learn more: http://www.thedhaus.com/architecture/dhaus/dynamic/

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  • Cahow January 6, 2015, 3:37 pm

    L 800,000 to a Million pounds is the asking price. (don’t have the pound symbol on my laptop).

    Watched all 3 videos and still would want at least a schematic on WHERE the rooms lie. In video #1, the house is at the beach and then the house is on a river; perhaps a fiberboard mock up that they drag around the area?

    This puts me to mind of a working house that I fell in love with as a child in the 60’s. It was a round house (quite popular back then) that rotated with the sun; you could stop it and start it to wherever the sun was located. I never forgot that house and since I suffer greatly from S.A.D., that would be the house for me!

    Cool concept and if you want a show stopper for a million pounds, you got it!

  • Canyon Man January 6, 2015, 4:00 pm

    I understand this is a mockup of what could be. But it shows what I have learned from living in areas that reached -40 to areas where it was 122. A house, tiny or otherwise needs to be designed and built for the climate and terrain one is going to live in, as well as what the inhabitant finds aesthetic, livable and pleasing.
    I counsel those thinking of building a home that is stationary to try and visit the property in different seasons and see what happens due to weather, solstice angle and other conditions that will affect living there.
    A mobile home needs the same considerations. If you are always in a mild climate, features can be one thing. If you are going to move it form one drastic climate to another, two it hundreds or thousands of miles in a season or over the years you better think a little different.
    I enjoy the articles I have seen on your site and feel you are doing a great service for many people.
    Thanks

  • alice h January 6, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Interesting concept/rich person’s toy but may not scale down too well without ending up with too small rooms. A tiny house version should be possible with fewer pieces and simpler shapes. You could maybe work up a design that folds up with any window walls being enclosed in case of storms or when leaving for a while. There are so many things that can (and usually do!) go wrong with moving parts.

  • Frank January 6, 2015, 10:12 pm

    I saw no plumbing or electricity…..yes….it is amazing that it shifts and moves…..but what happens when you have a kitchen, bathroom and electricity……how does it shift having these basic things inside the house?….conceptually….it is awesome…..fundimentally….it is just a moving box

    • Chel January 7, 2015, 10:41 am

      There appears to be a large central triangle which remains constant, the other parts moving around it. Self-contained rooms would be movable and the static centre could have all water services. Electrical systems could be plugged into different configurations instead of being traditionally connected. A circuit can surely have more than one entry point.
      For me, having the house move on a permanent site would be too complex. On a non foundation house, having a design that opens from the central trailer with sides that turn into awnings, revealing the windows makes more sense. Covered sides/awnings being optional. Still a small house, but packed down into a tiny footprint. A rectangle trailer could be split, with the roof of one extension sliding into the floor of a loft and the roof of another either closing off the rafters from the main living space or folding out of another loft floor. Aligned windows and sliding doors when closed up allow access without needing the full space.

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