House Changes Shape to Match the Weather
London: British architects have proposed the concept of 'smart' houses that can metamorphosize into eight different configurations to adapt to seasonal, meteorological and even astronomical conditions.
For instance, in the summer plan, bedroom one faces east and watches the Sun rise as its inhabitant wakes up. It can then rotate so that the user is constantly in sunlight, while the house generates energy through its solar panels.
The revolutionary house is based on the work of an early 20th century mathematician who discovered a way to dissect a square and rearrange its parts into an equilateral triangle.
The flexibility of the house allows adaptation from winter to summer and day to night by literally moving inside itself. Thick heavy external walls unfold into internal walls allowing glass walls to become facades; doors can become windows, and vice versa.
The layout consists of two bedrooms, an openplan living room and a bathroom, but it too can be adapted to suit the needs of different living situations.
British architects David Grunberg and Daniel Woolfson launched the D Haus company to develop the concept. The shapeshifting home was first conceived as part Grunberg's graduation project.
The design, called 'D Dynamic' , is based on the work of English author and mathematician Henry Dudeney, a leading puzzle creator, wo in 1903 invented a way to cut an equilateral triangle into four pieces that could be rearranged into a square, a conundrum he dubbed the 'Haberdasher's Puzzle' .