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Sliding House, Suffolk, by dRMM

This telescopic house by dRMM has been shortlisted for this year’s (2009) Manser Medal, sponsored by The Rooflight Company

Client: Private
Contract Value: Under £400,000
Contractor: Self-build
Structural Engineer: Michael Hadi Associates
Date of completion: January 2009

The ‘ingenious if not a little eccentric’ home extends like a telescope with a 20 ton greenhouse-like structure which slides out of the larch box of the main house on railway tracks. Describing the unusual building, the judges said: ‘Architect and client shared a taste for the local vernacular.  Alex de Rijke has therefore taken the timber-framed and clad shed and turned it into something extraordinary, simply in the way the three elements are arranged.’ The jury added: ‘It is mad but it works’.

Watch an astonishing video of the house in action by clicking here

To see all the schemes shortlisted for the Manser Medal click here

Readers' comments (2)

  • This has to be the winner - for its sheer verve !!!

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  • I love it!! Mad and eccentric it may be, but since when was architecture supposed to be sane and conventional? It should win: smallest budget, most originality, most fun. It might not work for every house, but if the award is about which project advances house design the most, then the one with the new ideas should surely romp home.

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