Mechanical Cottage With Retractable Exterior Designed By Physicist At Tech Firm

Mechanical Cottage With Retractable Exterior Designed By Physicist At Tech Firm

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Mechanical Cottage With Retractable Exterior Designed By Physicist At Tech Firm

“If the weather is good you will lose your jumper, which in this case is the wooden shell.” 

Love this indoor/outdoor cottage designed by Caspar Schols, a physicist by training who works for a tech firm. Caspar had no formal architectural training when he took on the project and perhaps thats why it came out so well? Forget a skylight to look at the stars as you fall asleep in bed…this dude can slide back his entire roof and walls:

When his mother began talking about putting a prefab in her backyard, Caspar Schols– a physicist by training- was working at a tech firm, but had always loved architecture and asked if he could design her something special.

Wanting to create a home that you could change as easily as you change your clothes, Schols built the home in a series of shells on a wooden platform. The outer layer is insulated wood panels that slide open to reveal a glass greenhouse pavilion for hanging out or entertaining on colder days. The glass shell can also be rolled back to create an open-air dining, lounging or performance space. With more rolling, one can create other configurations, like the dinner party mode (wood in the middle, glass on the outside to create a covered space to fit a long table and 30 guests).

With no architecture training (at the time), Schols spent 8 months building the structure himself (with occasional help from family and friends). He set each shell on 8 small wheels which fit into tracks in a wooden platform. Into the floor he built-in pop-up beds and cabinets to hide outlets and he even had plans for a pop-out bathtub. Though after his mother and guests slept on the pop-up beds a few times they deemed them uncomfortable and he replaced them with furniture from the neighbor (who just happens to be designer Piet Hein Eek).

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