D*haus company: 8 fold house
D*haus company: 8 fold house
sep 30, 2012

D*haus company: 8 fold house

‘8-fold house’ by D*haus company all images courtesy of D*haus

‘in 1903 an english mathematician called henry ernest dudeney worked out how to turn a perfect square into a perfect equilateral triangle by dissecting the square into four distinct shapes.’

this is the premise for london-based design and architectural firm D*haus company‘s housing concept. this mathematical puzzle was discovered to have almost endless opportunities in art, design and architecture, as is illustrated with the ‘8-fold house.’ set on concentrically radial tracks, the core of the residence is actually defined by its lack of permanent form, as it is able to metamorphose and adapt to any climatic condition through its ability to take on eight different shapes with only four individual components. interior spaces can be moved to be kept in the sun all day in colder temperatures, or closed off to provide shade in the heat. views can be concealed or revealed day or night. one set of components can fit almost any housing typology around the world, taken apart and re-used to re-adapt to another purpose or function.

video illustrating the 8-fold house’s function video © D*haus company

D*haus company: 8 fold house Caption

D*haus company: 8 fold house Caption

D*haus company: 8 fold house Caption

D*haus company: 8 fold house Caption

D*haus company: 8 fold house Caption

D*haus company: 8 fold house Caption

D*haus company: 8 fold house floor plan / level 0

D*haus company: 8 fold house floor plan / level 1

D*haus company: 8 fold house floor plan / level 0

D*haus company: 8 fold house floor plan / level 1

D*haus company: 8 fold house section

D*haus company: 8 fold house section

D*haus company: 8 fold house exploded axonometric

D*haus at tent london exhibiting their concept

D*haus company: 8 fold house evolution of form from square to triangle

D*haus company: 8 fold house individual components

  • I was so relieved to see the last images; of the furniture pieces; they were far more convincing than the house. Had the house utilized that furniture as the conceptual basis for fittings, appliances, and other program defining devices, it would have pushed and informed the house structure. That the house sits on the ground as it does, I find very unfortunate.

    Still, the idea of origami as starting point is intriguing; it’s like a promising mid-term review.

    Chaszr says:
  • Very very cool!!

    Korby says:
  • bad student project

    ... says:
  • Amazing idea, they have an awesome website too!

    Grapes says:
  • wow this is truly incredible! have they built it?

    Greg says:
  • They are having are show at ANISE Gallery Nov 2nd London an building a working prototype

    Green Mountain says:
  • I love the table

    TOYOTA says:
  • did anyone see the Light thing in the TENT video, I think this is very interesting and reminds me of a mini version of the roof scape of the house. very dynamic

    Pauly says:
  • Incredible, This house would be perfect for Sweden

    MR V says:
  • Does the table come in different sizes? colours?

    Blue Blue Electric Blue??

    Blue Blue Electric Blue says:
  • renderings are… whatever)) i like it when people don’t care about the presentation to much, and concentrate more on project

    ghillie says:
  • hay qua

    vampire3986 says:
  • This is an extremely fun concept. I would be very careful though with keeping the kids pretty far from the house while it is being folded… Although I’m not super convinced by the form, I do love the principles and mobility. Where does the energy come from to move the house? Maintenance so that it doesn’t get all grimy and rusted later on? How adaptable is this concept to different terrains?

    GlowyPR says:

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