Normally, the phrase "push-button home" evokes images of a Jetson-esque lifestyle filled with futuristic gadgets and shiny automatons just waiting to do our bidding. But this house turns that concept on its head, allowing you to transform your home into a simple, quiet retreat in the midst of a bustling city.
The Iranian architecture firm nextoffice believes the future of architecture is a house that adapts to the moods and functional needs of its users. But, instead of opting for the concept of high-tech "smart homes," they chose a low-tech approach, using the same button-controlled mechanisms that turn scenery in a theater.
As WebUrbanist notes:
Three mobile wooden volumes containing different living spaces – a guest room, home office and dining room – can be aligned flush against the fixed part of the home, rotated so the glassed-in ends face a variety of angles, and extended in or out telescopically.
When the movable rooms are facing straight out, they open up terraces on each level, bringing more daylight into the rooms that are deeper within the home.
When the occupants want more privacy and a sense of coziness, the home closes up, essentially going into either extroverted or introverted mode along with the humans who live there.