This high-tech house can be transformed to adjust to different environmental conditions and local weather patterns. By sliding in and out, specific parts of the house provide shading, additional insulation and protect the interior spaces from harsh weather, or can be opened to let the sunshine in. Called the Motus, this concept design features solar panels powering the movable parts that automatically open and close and an evaporation pool to keep the home cool in the summer heat.
The Motus house includes several high-tech features meant to provide an environment that changes over time depending on the needs of the local weather. By not using thick, static walls, ceilings and floors, the home can adapt, in order to make it as efficient as possible. The movable parts of the buildings are lightweight despite their large size and can also be opened by hand. In addition to the sustainability-enhancing structural elements that wrap around the living space, the interior of the building includes a “microclimate pool” located underneath, which evaporates in the summer and cools the house.
Solar panels mounted on the roof power the house and can also provide power to the screens as they open and close. Because of the horizontal movement, there is no need to lift anything. The design “provides this flexible control over heat gain from sunlight,” said architect Todd Fix. “So if it’s a cold day, the sensor will sense that, and it will close both to keep the heat inside. If you want more light in the space, you can open up the screen or open up the shell.”
Via Fast Co.Exist