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This revolving house folds in on itself

All seven floors of the luxury building are designed around the changing nature of its exterior wall

July 12, 2014 09:00AM
By Business Insider

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Sharifi-ha House

Sharifi-ha House

WEEKENDEDITION Nextoffice has created what could only be described as a remarkably flexible house. Based on the make-up of theatrical stages, floor car exhibitions, and the shipping industry, sections of Sharifi-ha House’s can suddenly jut out like a turtle’s head from it’s shell. In other words, the facade of the structure can transform from 2D to 3D at your choosing.

All seven floors of the luxury building have been directly designed around the changing nature of its exterior wall, offering a variety of spatial reconstructions that fit different seasonal climates. The house’s main concept was intended to directly reference traditional Iranian houses, which offer both winter and summer living rooms.

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The architects explained to ArchDaily, in summertime, Sharifi-ha House offers an open/transparent/perforated volume with wide, large terraces. In contrast, during Tehran’s cold, snowy winters the volume closes down, offering minimal openings and a total absence of those wide summer terraces.

The configuration of the house works through the “displacement of turning boxes that lead the building’s volume to become open or closed, introverted or extroverted.” It sits on moveable beams and a 100 foot revolving platform that’s mostly situated under the living rooms, allowing the house to shift like a particularly modern dresser drawer.

Sharifi-ha House is based in Darrous, Tehran, but a foldable house sounds beyond desirable for any city subject to rapidly-shifting temperatures or constant rain. Are all the plants on your Seattle patio getting drenched? No worries, this house can hide from the weather.

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