ARCHITECTURE: Movies of Buildings that Move

These structures don’t just move us, they actually move. The era of Dynamic Architecture has been upon us for years and technology is making it easier to conceptualize and build them. Here are some interesting concepts in that genre.

The Casa Oscura, designed by Paraguayan architect Javier Corvalan, was created for a film maker who was looking for a vacation home he could seal away when he wasn’t there, and gives new meaning to the phrase “trap house.” If you were to put wine and cheese where women could see, the cabin would most likely work as intended. You can find out more about Javier’s work here.

British designers David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson have envisioned this concept for D* Haus, a shape-shifting building. The angular masses that make up the building pivot around four points finding the most comfortable positions from the climate it protects its inhabitants from. The homes would have the flexibility of 8 different positions, and were made to sit on any piece of land that would have them, making context a thing of the past. You can find out more about the company they have set up to develop them, and pivoting angular furniture and objects that recall the homes here.

Richard Wilson created this conceptual art piece “Turning the Place Over,” as part of the Liverpool Biennial in 2007. The moving piece of what looks like an otherwise abandoned building, is around 25 feet in diameter, and turns in three directions. “The revolving façade rests on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, and acts as a huge opening and closing ‘window’, offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle.”

The house that made me truly fall in love with architecture… The Bordeaux House by Rem Koolhaas.


What do you get the UAE oil magnate with everything? How about a Dynamic Skyscraper. Florentine architect David Fischer, of Dynamic Architecture has the next level, on top of endless next levels, solution for people who don’t want their building to just stand there.