Interior Design & Flooring

Architects unveil house that changes with its residents

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:03

Imagine a home in which families would not have to purchase additions when a new member joined or worry about having to force children to share rooms as they grow older. Architects at Henning Larsen have developed the perfect solution: the adaptable house.

Not only does this revolutionary new home use 37 percent less energy than traditional houses, but it provides homeowners the ability to alter the structure and space of rooms around the building, according to Gizmag. With changeable walls, partitions and extensions, the adaptable home offers residents the ability to constantly change its landscape to match evolving needs.

Rooms can adjust based on residents

Among its two floors, rooms can be divided and shifted to accommodate residents, whether people are joining or leaving the home. According to the magazine, the home may be ideal for individuals who may be looking to expand their families, such as those who want to have children or those whose aging parents may be looking to move in. Senior Housing News featured the home on its website, detailing how useful the structure may be for adult children who seek to live closer to their parents. The building can be separated horizontally, which can create two livable homes that, while connected, operate independently. Gizmag adds that since the two halves can be adapted to feature separate entrances as well, it may be helpful for separated couples going through a friendly split.

Storage centers, play areas and impromptu sleeping rooms are all possible through the adaptable home. Parents looking to allow children personalized spaces for sleepovers can partition off parts and can even move walls to ensure that kids cannot access electrical sockets or other potentially harmful items. 

New rooms are optimal for heating, lighting and living 

Not only can the building create extendable porches optimal for growing vegetation or installing solar-powered panels, but the open areas provide perfect heating and lighting conditions for residents. The article stresses that architects were deliberate in ensuring that partitions would not block out natural light, or could easily move to allow light to shine through. Additionally, while the walls are soundproof, they allow temperatures to remain constant within a room. Homeowners who combined adaptable walls and radiant heat flooring could create a structure where temperatures provided comfortable living environments that remained unchanged throughout the entire home.