Major life changes often necessitate moving house, but Henning Larsen Architects has designed a smart house to disrupt that unsustainable paradigm. Located in Nyborg, Denmark, the Adaptable House was designed to accommodate lifestyle changes ranging from having children to deaths in the family. The home's flexible layout allows users to dismantle and expand the house into new configurations that prolong the home’s use, thereby reducing carbon emissions in the long-term.
Created as part of the MiniCO2 Houses development project, the design for the Adaptable House is based on the belief that flexible design reduces resources needed and carbon emissions. Reconfigurable walls and sliding partitions, mostly located on the second floor, transform the layout of the house to create new rooms. Portions of the modular framework can be pushed out beneath the second floor overhangs to expand the house. In the event of a divorce, the house can even be horizontally divided into two fully functioning units with separate entrances.
Like sliding puzzle pieces, the components of the house can be moved around without the need for them to be dismantled or destroyed. The architects predict that the annual carbon savings for the Adaptable House amounts to 33 tons less than a standard house.
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