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Transforming house turns inside out for summer, has 8 configurations

•, By James Holloway
 The design is based on the Haberdasher's Puzzle, discovered by English mathematician Henry Dudeney, which allows an equilateral triangle cut into four parts to be folded into a square while all pieces remain in contact with at least one other. The puzzle has formed the basis for much of D*Haus's work, including furniture and lighting fixture designs.

Transfer the puzzle to the footprint of a house, though, and you arrive at a home that not only changes shape, but is apparently well poised to adapt to the changing of the seasons over the course of a year. Thick insulating walls that make ideal facades in the winter months change places with the glazed panels during the summer, the house effectively turning itself inside out, and upping the exposed surface area.

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