Seeing a big red barn house out in the middle of a picturesque field just captivates my imagination and fuels my desire for some simple living on the countryside. I’ve even played with the idea of taking one of these old and iconic big red barns and renovating it with plumbing, electricity, and all the other amenities you would want in a modern home. They have so much character and have become quite an icon over the years for artists and photographers alike. These massive structures stand out; they’re bold, beautiful and yet still simple and fitting for an area surrounded by lush fields and ancient trees. Well a design and architecture company out of London, England must share my passion because they have created something that is breathtakingly beautiful and has a function that you might not find anywhere else in the world.
The sliding house was built by a design and architecture company called dRMM. They wanted to take the concept of fusing the character and charm of a big red barn with a modern, cozy home. This wasn’t enough though. That’s a pretty simple design, so they took things a step further and created something that is far beyond my imagination and incredibly impressive.
The concept of the sliding house was to allow for multiple atmospheres and moods with a single structure. They designed a sliding exterior shell on a set of rail tracks. The shell fits snugly against a large home and is able to slide over the top of a glass living room. Beyond that the shell can extend to create a covered garage as well as a cover for a swimming pool in the yard. The design is genius really, allowing for multiple moods and experiences with the push of a button.
In the image above you can see that the enormous shell can slide by using two 20 ton motors which guide it along rails. The structure can cover a swimming pool which will be added in the future. The structure then can slide to cover the giant glass living room and the main house. This allows for many open air experiences including a roof terrace bathroom. If you slide the cover even further, you can create a covered parking area for your car or a patio to enjoy.
This place seems ideal for entertaining and enjoying the views of the vast and beautiful countryside. It will provide the comfort and protection needed for sleeping through a severe storm as well as added insulation for the cold season. The designers of this home have won multiple awards and received a lot of recognition for this multi-use design. The applications are endless with a structure like this. It provides a sense of freedom in otherwise confined walls but still gives you the safety and comfort of a home.
I especially love that they recreated the look of an old red barn. It seems to add character and a level of comfort that would be appealing to almost anyone. The interior has modern design cues that blend perfectly with the rustic exterior. Giant and bright stone tiles border the home bringing the design elements together as if they were made to work with each other.
Imagine relaxing under the stars with a perfect view of the sky and the moon. All while completely engulfed in the comfort of your own home with all your amenities at your grasp. As soon as they build the swimming pool, guests will enjoy a seamless walk from their guest home all the way to the pool while under the same roof. If the weather is bad outside, you will still be able to enjoy a dip in the pool. At the same time, you can enjoy an outdoor pool if you so choose.
Can you imagine taking a cool bath right here on a warm summer night? You have quite a view to enjoy in the day as well! In the man’s hand you can see the remote control that turns the motors on, driving the giant shell over the desired area of the home.
This sliding house was completed in Suffolk, England in 2009 and I hope to see many more design innovations like this in the near future.
I love architecture and home design so when I see something as unique as this my jaw just hits the floor. I never even knew that a concept like this was plausible, let alone built. Seeing the images of it functioning are truly impressive and show the freedom you would gain in your living space.