Sliding walls animate the facade of Fouad Samara Architects’ Modulofts apartments

Fouad Samara Architects has completed a tower in Beirut, which features huge steel panels that can slide out from reconfigurable apartments and be stored outside the building. Architect Fouad Samara is a key shareholder in the Modulofts project, which seeks to provide a new residential typology to meet the need for small and medium-sized accommodation in

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Cabin on the Border is an off-grid shelter with walls that open on pulleys

A system of pulleys are used to raise and lower sections of the walls of this prefabricated cabin on the border between Turkey and Greece, allowing the holiday home to open up to the outdoors or be completely closed during bad weather. Cabin on the Border was designed by Istanbul architecture studio SO? for a couple

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Feldman Architecture incorporates garage-door windows into California home

Glazed garage doors surround this wood-clad residence by US firm Feldman Architecture in California’s Sonoma Valley, an area that was recently devastated by wild fires. The home is situated on a 40-acre (16-hectare) property in Healdsburg, a small town on the Russian River, in the heart of the state’s winemaking region. The area suffered major

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Shigeru Ban’s La Seine Musicale incorporates a wall of moving solar panels

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed a music complex near Paris, featuring an egg-shaped auditorium and a wall of solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun. The Japanese architect’s Paris-based office won an international competition held in 2013 to design La Seine Musicale – a musical facility comprising a large

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Baitasi House of the Future features moving walls controlled by a smart TV

Chinese studio Dot Architects has completed a futuristic home in a traditional Beijing hutong, featuring moveable furniture modules and an extension constructed using the WikiHouse open-source architecture platform. Dot Architects developed the Baitasi House of the Future for tech company Whaley, which focuses on smart homes and asked the studio to develop a building suited

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Nishizawa Architects adds movable walls to multi-family home in southern Vietnam 

Nishizawa Architects has replaced the facade and interior walls of this residence in Vietnam’s An Giang province with moveable corrugated metal panels to create a “half-outdoors” dwelling for three families. The house, which is set in the city of Chau Doc, is close to the Mekong river and raised on pilotis above flood-prone grounds. It is shared

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Vertically sliding walls open Bergmeisterwolf’s Italian villa extension to the garden

Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has completed an extension to a house on the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda, featuring glazed walls that disappear into the ground to open the living area up to the garden. The client for the project – an economist from Vienna – wanted an addition that would add value to and improve

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School children design and build green den with moving walls for Hull allotment

Architectural educationalists Matt+Fiona worked with school pupils in the city of Hull to design and build a classroom with pivoting walls on their allotment. The green timber pavilion was created as part of the Made in Oakfield project, which was devised by architect Matthew Springett and educator Fiona MacDonald. It allowed pupils aged between 11 and 16

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FHHH Friends arranges flexible rooms over split levels in slender Seoul house

A skylit stairwell ascends through the split levels of this tall and narrow house in Seoul to a roof terrace with separate entrances for people and cats. Local studio FHHH Friends designed the property to replace a much smaller brick building. The difference in height between the building that previously occupied the site and its new concrete-topped replacement prompted the architects to

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Studiomama uses sliding plywood furniture to overhaul 13-square-metre house in London

Studiomama has overhauled this tiny single-storey house in north London with built-in plywood furniture including a fold-out bed, a standing desk and extendable dining benches with pink cushions. Studiomama co-founders Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama bought the former mini-cab office building in an auction as a challenge to make a tiny space comfortable for living. Tolstrup and Mama took pointers from the design of small caravans and

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Sliding polycarbonate panels open up facade of Barcelona house by H Arquitectes

Sliding polycarbonate screens are set in front of the windows covering the stepped facade of this house in Barcelona by Spanish studio H Arquitectes. The property was designed by H Arquitectes for a plot on a street corner in the Cerdanyola del Vallès district, north of the city centre. The small site previously formed part of the garden of a house occupied by

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Shutter-covered towers give bedrooms sea views at Lebanese housing complex

Bedrooms contained within towers at this housing complex on the Lebanese coast feature folding shutters and sliding glass walls that allow sea breezes to cool the interiors. The Courtowers are a cluster of four family properties in the Amsheet region of Lebanon, which were designed by Beirut architecture office Hashim Sarkis Studios for a plot facing the Mediterranean

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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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Moving walls open Stal Collectief’s charred timber workshop to the elements

Raised on stilts above a field in northeast Belgium, Stal Collectief’s self-designed studio features charred timber walls that can be wheeled back to reveal the interior (+ movie). The group of Belgian furniture designers comprising Len de Paepe, Bob Segers, Tim Vranken and Jonas Blondeel designed Hofer Pavilion as an extra studio space for themselves. The group already had a workshop in More

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Movable wooden walls front Benjamin Garcia Saxe’s Ocean Eye House

Wooden walls can be folded back from the front of this house on Costa Rica’s coastline, opening up ocean views for the bedrooms and living spaces within (+ slideshow). The Ocean Eye House was designed by San José-based architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe for a family that purchased a site on the western edge of the Nicoya peninsula, facing More

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Sliding and spinning walls animate facade of house by Matharoo Associates

At the touch of a button, the chunky marble walls that surround this house in India divide up into spinning and sliding panels, revealing a more lightweight glass facade behind (photos by Edmund Sumner + slideshow). Designed by architects office Matharoo Associates, the house transforms from an “impregnable shell” into a glass pavilion, allowing residents to vary the amount of More

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