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Sliding-Roof Greenhouse Finds Own Natural Light

04/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The moving part of this remarkable sliding building is a whopping 50 tons and nearly 100 feet long. Gliding on rails, this enclosing exterior element with its own walls, roof and opening can be adjusted to selectively reveal and conceal spaces within the home. The changes also bring natural lighting shifts, view opportunities and alters the feel of each interior space - a static structure but at the same time a

While this may look and seem modern up close, it reflects the vernacular timber architecture of the region and is relatively simple in form when seen from a distance - until the extra element slides back to reveal a sparkling greenhouse of light at night. The result: something that fits its context but also pushes the envelope on architectural design and technology.

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