Mechanical light cottage morphs sliding skin with use/seasons




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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45 Comments

  1. Lala
    July 2, 2018
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    This is amazing. But I hope it doesn't leak where the 2 roofs connect.

  2. Bill Haigney
    July 2, 2018
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    What a Great, Innovative design! Are there plans available for this house?

  3. Bill Haigney
    July 2, 2018
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    Ah. A One-off without a replicable plan. I don't think he's going to share his build plan…

  4. Paula Lott
    July 3, 2018
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    ¡Súper, súper! ¡¡me encantó!!

  5. Melissa Geib
    July 3, 2018
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    Wow! So beautiful and very organic!

  6. UNROOT ME
    July 3, 2018
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    This is very cool! : )

  7. Kevin Weber
    July 3, 2018
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    Where’s the kitchen?

  8. takencareofbidness
    July 3, 2018
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    what about wind? A strong wind would just tip your house over. The wheels need to be on top and bottom of a well-anchored rail system so that wind can't topple the house sideways. I suppose the trees nearby lowers the risk of that, but it certainly doesn't lower the risk to zero.

  9. michaelcsutton
    July 3, 2018
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    Wow

  10. KBA
    July 3, 2018
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    Absolutely beautiful!

  11. Tom van Dijk
    July 3, 2018
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    Leuk om een Nederlander hier te zien 🙂

  12. E in Vancouver
    July 3, 2018
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    Thanks Kirsten and co! Caspar has designed and built and incredibly elegant structure that inspires on so many levels.

  13. Kyle Bressant
    July 3, 2018
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    Thank you Casper for your amazing but 'simple' design. Beautiful concept for a small house. As an architect, in the USA, I can say all comments or criticisms can be addressed. I want one. I would be glad to work with you to develop your concept further.

  14. Jared Capp
    July 3, 2018
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    This is very coo, thanks for sharing your creative design. Well done

  15. Jared Capp
    July 3, 2018
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    Do you have any plans for sale?

  16. freedom dove
    July 3, 2018
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    I love your drone shots, Kirsten. You guys make great videos. Thank you.

  17. Olga990648
    July 3, 2018
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    I wonder how they will keep the rails clean since they're in a forest

  18. CAPNCUBA1972
    July 3, 2018
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    This Guy is a Freaking Beast lol

  19. Digby Ho Leong
    July 4, 2018
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    In Papua New Guinea we use a system similar to this but we use to move the roof off in order to use the sun to help dry the cocoa and the fire dries the cocoa from underneath

  20. orlando1a1
    July 4, 2018
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    Why only 360dpi – usually Kirsten's videos are much higher quality?

  21. Byron B
    July 4, 2018
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    very nice

  22. Shawn Wood
    July 5, 2018
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    Really spectacular concept and application of space and environment

  23. Ana Baxter
    July 5, 2018
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    Is anybody else having trouble getting this video to load? I've tried so many times on many different devices and I just cannot seem to load this video.

  24. gerard mcmanus
    July 5, 2018
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    Very neat, but completely useless. Why not just use the whole square footage, forget the moving walls idea. Add a green house if you like. It will be water tight, and you can add furniture. If it's hot in the summer, well sit in your garden. Much simpler.

  25. Taka Yama
    July 5, 2018
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    Gives new meaning to airing out ye house.

  26. Christopher Augustine
    July 6, 2018
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    This is perhaps one of the better concepts I have seen from this channel. I will be keeping this in mind as I plan out my porch.

  27. kenndel baleave
    July 6, 2018
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    How do you lock the door…lol

  28. randolph torres
    July 6, 2018
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    Another home tin excellent job keep up the great work.

  29. Michael Gerald DesFosses
    July 6, 2018
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    brilliant, what a wonderful program this is.

  30. Soljarag5
    July 6, 2018
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    Drinking Game: Take a shot every time he slides the house

  31. -
    July 7, 2018
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    how many times he opened and closed it?

  32. Cal 20 Sailor
    July 7, 2018
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    It's always interesting and encouraging to see innovative ideas like this being developed and experimented with. I would be interested in seeing how the weatherproofing was handled where the separate sections join. A more complete treatment of plumbing would also be interesting to see. One daily maintenance chore I anticipate is keeping the tracks clean of debris since the structure is located so close to those deciduous trees. Any twigs, leaves, or other debris that falls onto the tracks will need to be cleared every time a section was moved, and the weathering of the tracks, especially over a winter, will probably require some kind of regular preventive treatment. It would be a great space to live in for a while to see what works and what could be adapted for other projects, and to experience various weathers and seasons.

  33. Helmut Prost
    July 7, 2018
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    Beautiful home and sounds like a beautiful person! Perfect foundation and leveling to make it move like that. This place is perfection of detail.

  34. Ulrike P
    July 7, 2018
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    Lovly! Like a cathedral!

  35. Anne Bell
    July 7, 2018
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    Another fabulous find Kirsten…I recall him saying he was going to install a bathroom so his mother could live there full time…I think once those facilities are installed that she will have one beautiful place to live out her days in a way that many of us only dream of. I personally think it is brilliant although I am quite happy today with my schoolie…LOL…Thank you so much for another great view!

  36. Steven Brown
    July 8, 2018
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    you can easilly have a seperate bathroom

  37. bloop blooper
    July 8, 2018
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    Great.
    Tribes people (of all colours) keep the "long drop" pit toilet away from the house, if there are local Boar, easier!
    Reality.

  38. Micha EL
    July 8, 2018
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    A lot of wasted space and money !

  39. Greg in Arizona
    July 9, 2018
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    to many places for bugs to get in.

  40. Charles Clark II
    July 9, 2018
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    You lose almost all functionality of the walls apart from what it is used for – can't hang anything – no storage – no thank you!

  41. Mike Harvey
    July 11, 2018
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    You should ask more questions like how it's sealed against drafts and rain , gaps in floorboards….chimney etc

  42. Sids Airbrush
    July 11, 2018
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    Very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

  43. Elizabeth LeMoine
    July 11, 2018
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    What a lovely thing for a son to make for his mother!

  44. Harry Bloom
    July 12, 2018
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    I'm always amazed by how much BS architects can invent! I schould know… I'm one of them!

  45. L. J. Bush
    July 12, 2018
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    That's really cool, but I don't like the idea of giving the creepy crawlers an easy way to get in and it gets too cold here to let the cold air in cracks/gaps. I've been watching your videos for a while now and finally decided to subscribe, you have some really interesting and cool videos periodically.

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