Artist, architect and designer Michael Jantzen sees things differently. Specifically, he sees art, architecture and design differently, as evidenced by his newest creation - a shapeshifting house that can be configured thousands of different ways, depending on weather or whim.
Called the Malleable Autonomous Retreat House, the modular dwelling exists in its base state as a kind of box within a box. The exterior structure, or canopy, is made of painted wood fitted with 32 slotted panels that are hinged in the middle and on each end. The panels can be moved up or down by way of small electric motors backed up with mechanical hand cranks.
The panels can be individually positioned at any angle within their range, allowing for a near-limitless variety of forms. By adjusting the panels, occupants can create shade and adjust airflow depending on the weather, the time of day, or just aesthetic preference. When the shutters are completely folded down, the house becomes a rectangular block again, completely shading the inner structure and blocking wind.