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D*Haus Dynamic: Mighty morphing prefab residence
Optimus Prime meets prefab building with the shape-shifting, weather-sensitive D*Haus Dynamic prefab housing concept from London-based D*Haus Company.
Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Right about now, many of us are manually
battening down the hatches in preparation for the chilly months — winter sweater unearthing
, AC unit storing
, window shrink wrapping
, that kind of stuff. But what if, with the push of a button or the crank of a lever, your entire home had the ability to automatically transformed itself
in preparation for colder temps?
That’s the idea behind D*Haus
Dynamic, a transformative prefab concept home designed for placement in harsh winter climates like Lapland and Sweden. When things get really
chilly outside, the home, which is placed on a series of circular rails, pulls itself into a tight, heat-conserving box. When the sun comes out, the home emerges from its structural huddle by expanding its “wings” and the amount of windows to increase solar gain.
Randi Greenberg over at Co. Design
notes that the home's pivoting features are also a “neato way to separate yourself from your screaming children" although I imagine that perhaps they're screaming in the first place is because they live in a home with moving parts that reconfigures itself based on weather conditions. I mean, I liked "Transformers" just as much as the next kid but I'm not sure I'd want to be a 5-year-old living inside
The whole morph-happy D*Haus Dynamic concept, along with other D*Haus Company
creations like the D*Table and D*Light, revolves around British mathematician Henry Ernest Dudeney’s formula, the Haberdasher’s Puzzle
, that allows a perfect square to be dissected into four distinct shapes so that it can form a triangle. Or something like that. Take a look, below ....
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