The D*Haus Company designs Devon house with a swivelling top

UK designers David Ben-Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson have updated their shape-shifting D*Haus to create a residence with a rotating roof for a site in Devon, England. The D*Haus Company founders see the residence as the next generation of its Dynamic D*Haus, which was first unveiled in 2012 and was designed to respond to the changing times of the day, seasons and

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Anmahian Winton’s zinc-clad observatory enables stargazing from a New Hampshire mountain

The top of this faceted private observatory in central New Hampshire, by Anmahian Winton Architects, rotates to provide different views of the night sky. The Gemma Observatory sits on a remote peak in the northeastern state, at the centre of a “dark” zone with a three-mile radius. Unobstructed by light pollution, the setting is ideal

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Prefab buildings by Ten Fold Engineering build themselves in eight minutes

Our latest Facebook movie features modular structures designed by Ten Fold Engineering, which can be transported anywhere on a lorry and self-deployed at the touch of a button. Watch more movies on Facebook ›

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10 movies featuring buildings that move or change shape

Over the last few months we’ve been publishing short movies about shape-shifting architecture on our Facebook page. Here are 10 of the best, including projects with sliding walls, kinetic facades and rotating rooms. Zoomlion Headquarters Exhibition Centre by amphibianArc This conceptual “transformer building” was designed by Californian architecture firm amphibianArc as an exhibition space for a

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Foster + Partners completes Dubai Apple Store with carbon-fibre “solar wings”

Filigreed carbon-fibre shutters fold around the oriel window of Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Dubai, shading the shop floor during the day but opening at night to views of the Burj Khalifa. London firm Foster + Partners based its design of the Apple Dubai Mall on the traditional Arabic mashrabiya, a projecting bay window enclosed by decorative wooden

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Richard Murphy’s “box of tricks” home named UK house of the year 2016

Secret hatches, moving walls and a sliding ladder all feature inside the Edinburgh home of architect Richard Murphy, which has been named RIBA House of the Year 2016. Called Murphy House, the five-storey “box of tricks” house in Edinburgh saw off competition from 19 other projects to win the RIBA prize, which recognises the best new

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Retractable garage-style doors open Amsterdam entrepreneur hub to the elements

Dutch studio BETA has transformed an old school in Amsterdam into a hub for entrepreneurs featuring full-height windows that can be retracted to open the entire facade. The Ru Paré School is located in the city’s Slotervaart neighbourhood. As part of a process aimed at revitalising the area’s urban design and community feel, local enterprise foundation Stichting

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Sliding walls create various layouts inside Garden House by Caspar Schols

Timber and glass walls slide along runners to reveal or enclose this gabled garden shed in Eindhoven, designed and built by Caspar Schols as a hobby space for his mother. Schols designed the pavilion with no formal architecture training after his mother asked for a pavilion that could be used for dinner parties with friends, theatre performances by her grandchildren, painting and meditating. The

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Students create Night Train party pavilion for former brewery in Latvia

Architecture students have built a train-inspired party pavilion in the grounds of a former factory, featuring a glowing wooden carriage that shuttles along a raised platform (+ slideshow) Described as “both guiding light and party host”, the Night Train was designed and built by a group of 13 students from the Riga Technical University summer school. Made entirely of locally sourced Latvian More

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Rotating and tilting ReActor house accommodates two artists for five days

A pair of artists built and lived in this house balanced on a pole in upstate New York, which spun around and inclined as they moved around it during their week-long residency (+ movie). Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder built the inhabitable ReActor structure at the OMI Art Center, which is located in the Hudson Valley More

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Cloud Seeding Pavilion by MODU features canopy made of 30,000 plastic balls

This pavilion in Holon, Israel, designed by New York-based architects MODU, has a dynamic canopy made of mesh fabric and small balls that move with the wind (+ movie). Called the Cloud Seeding Pavilion, the 2,500-square-foot (232 square meter) structure is located outside the Design Museum Holon – Israel’s only museum dedicated to design, which occupies a building […]

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The Wild Thing is a “creature-like” cabin that stands tall above a Latvian wildflower meadow

The sides of this 4.5 metre-high stilted cabin lift open to offer inhabitants an uninterrupted view of the Latvian landscape (+ slideshow). Designed and built by a group of students at the Riga Technical University summer school, the structure is part of a plan to make better use of an open space that links the Pirtsupites Grava […]

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New Pinterest board: moving buildings

We’ve created a new Pinterest board full of moving buildings that roll, spin, twist and hinge open, following the publication of Henning Larsen’s Danish university facility with a climate-responsive kinetic facade. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest | See more moving buildings

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Olson Kundig’s Tacoma Art Museum wing has movable screens that “roll like railroad box cars”

Olson Kundig Architects has extended a Washington art museum, adding a facade of movable hand-wheel operated screens to protect the artworks from natural light (+ slideshow). Seattle-based Olson Kundig was hired to create a new wing for the Tacoma Art Museum to accommodate an extensive collection of Western American art, in addition to renovating existing spaces. The Tacoma […]

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Today we like: kinetic architecture and moving buildings

This week Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans to enliven Battersea Power Station with electric sparks (after designing a power plant that blows smoke rings) while Henning Larsen completed a building with a moving facade. Here’s a reminder of all our stories about architecture that moves, including a building that flaps its wings like a giant insect and a house with […]

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