This telescopic house by dRMM has been shortlisted for this year’s (2009) Manser Medal, sponsored by The Rooflight Company
Contract Value: Under £400,000
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