Architecture

California roll house morphs into its enviornment

The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame
The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame
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California Roll house is a modular housing concept based on a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
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California Roll house is a modular housing concept based on a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
Designer Christopher Daniel has conceptualized plans for this prefabricated house, which morphs and adapts according to its environment (image from Violent Volumes)
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Designer Christopher Daniel has conceptualized plans for this prefabricated house, which morphs and adapts according to its environment (image from Violent Volumes)
California Roll house incorporates a homogeneous exterior which reflects the sun's heat (image from Violent Volumes)
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California Roll house incorporates a homogeneous exterior which reflects the sun's heat (image from Violent Volumes)
California Roll house is best suited to a desert environment (image from Violent Volumes)
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California Roll house is best suited to a desert environment (image from Violent Volumes)
The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living spaces only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers (image from Violent Volumes)
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The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living spaces only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers (image from Violent Volumes)
Modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let it (image from Violent Volumes)
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Modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let it (image from Violent Volumes)
The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame
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The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame
The hydraulic powered automatic door, which opens into two sections (image from Violent Volumes)
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The hydraulic powered automatic door, which opens into two sections (image from Violent Volumes)
The hydraulic powered automatic door, which opens into two sections (image from Violent Volumes)
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The hydraulic powered automatic door, which opens into two sections (image from Violent Volumes)
Modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let it (image from Violent Volumes)
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Modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let it (image from Violent Volumes)
The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
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The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living spaces only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers (image from Violent Volumes)
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The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living spaces only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers (image from Violent Volumes)
Daniel's design is currently only a modular housing concept (image from Violent Volumes)
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Daniel's design is currently only a modular housing concept (image from Violent Volumes)
Daniel's modular housing concept features a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
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Daniel's modular housing concept features a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
Daniel's modular housing concept features a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
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Daniel's modular housing concept features a carbon fiber truss frame (image from Violent Volumes)
Modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let it (image from Violent Volumes)
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Modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let it (image from Violent Volumes)
Study model of California Roll house (image from Violent Volumes)
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Study model of California Roll house (image from Violent Volumes)

Designer Christopher Daniel has conceptualized plans for this prefabricated house, which morphs and adapts according to its setting. Dubbed California Roll, the structure is best suited to a desert environment and incorporates a homogeneous exterior which reflects the sun's heat.

The snail-like building is held together with a carbon fiber truss frame, and features a hydraulic powered automatic door which open into two sections. The upper section opens up overhead, whilst the lower section unfolds onto the floor for easy access into the house. When the door is closed it continues the line of the exterior surface, contributing to the smooth lines of the building.

The modularized skylights and glass windows can be electronically controlled to change the level of transparency, depending on how much heat or sunlight you wish to let in. The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living zones only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers.

The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living spaces only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers (image from Violent Volumes)
The interior design is left quite minimal, with open clean spaces and living spaces only separated by bookshelves or curtain dividers (image from Violent Volumes)

Daniel's design is currently only a modular housing concept, but by the looks of the plans, it could get off the ground.

Source: Violent Volumes

9 comments
D-Shift
makes me want to eat a swiss roll.
Renārs Grebežs
And how exactly does it morph to suit the environment?
John H
How do you keep the critters out at night?
Joseph Shimandle
The windows can\'t morf. HVAC, pipe and electrical systems can\'t morf. Nice \'A\' on your design lab project, but totally useless in real world.
architects fulton + salomon
Joseph, you are right, Just a bit of wanky useless computer generated design that grabs attention. I wouldn\'t put such a thing in my portofolio because it would show a potential employer that you are useless in the practical world.
stimpy77
Makes for a great sci-fi movie scene. =)
Chris Jordan
Thought 1 - accessibility Thought 2 - light sensetivity Thought 3 - bookshelves; no iPad, kindle, blackberry, whatever is the opposite of simplification. Three strikes and you are out!
Fil Magnoli
hmmm .... where do you attache the iPad2? it look\'s like an Apple iPad2 cover.
IBR
All the same ideas can be accomplished for half the price and 1/10th the cost and could look the same or better all the while functioning more efficiently both structurally and conceptually. This is why people laugh at architects.
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