A Stop Motion Video of a Shape-Shifting House

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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Architecture firm Olson Kundig is known for designing homes that allow residents to be as integrated or removed from nature as they'd like to be. For example, a writer's retreat in Washington features shutters that fold down to reveal floor-to-ceiling glass walls; an office building boasts massive hand-cranked doors; and Idaho house's pièce de résistance is a retractable glass wall. Photographs can capture the various states of flux, but this stop-motion video by Kevin Scott of Röllerhaus Pictureworks and Design Co. and Seattle-based composer Joshua Kohl of the Shadowboxx house on Washington's San Juan Islands show just how amazingly adaptable Olson Kundig's designs can be—kind of like kinetic sculptures built for living.

According to the architects, the Shadowboxx house "purposely confuses the traditional boundaries between a built structure and its surroundings." The roof over the batroom can be raised an lowered at will.

Diana Budds


A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com

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