Shiver House: The Living Home
Designed by NEON, Shiver House is a radical remodel of the common Finnish Hut (mökki). Work is a kinetic "animal" structure that moves and adapts in response to the surrounding physical forces.
Shiver House is the result of the idea that architecture can be used as a means to create a closer emotional bond between its inhabitants and the natural world in which it is located. In addition, it explores the idea that architecture can seem "alive" with the intention that it will create a deeper and longer lasting emotional relationship between people and the structures that inhabit them.
Conceptually, each piece individually indicates that architecture, instead of being statically and functionally guided, can be a poetic, vibrant and dynamic element that changes the way we relate to the landscape around us.
The project was previously installed in 2015 as part of the Barfotastigen exhibition in Korppoo, Finland, with a view to remaining in operation for 4 months, but due to its popularity, it was retained on site for longer-term use. During the second year of the project, Korppoo - the island on which it is located - began hosting summer concerts.
SHIVER HOUSE uses 600 moving sheets of thin wood bark that respond to changing weather conditions. Wind, rain and snow cause these wings to rotate in a closed position, giving the structure the temporary appearance and function of a shelter. HOUSE SHIVER is constantly transformed between a functional shelter and a poetic and experimental mechanism. Users sitting inside the structure can observe the ever-changing environment as they watch the moving wings adjust the inner levels of light, as well as see the surrounding landscape.
The project was constructed using a simple wood structure that supports several rows of stretched steel wires. These steel wires are treated as rods and are designed to hold the individual blades.
For some, the structure and fluidity of this construction are of particular importance for the state of affairs today. Mark Nixon of NEON writes, “As people adapt to the new reality of COVID-19, I feel that more emphasis needs to be placed on how architecture, art and design can be used as a means of reducing stress, connection us with nature and the reunification of people in public places. "Shiver House's architecture is constantly evolving and 'working' with ever-changing wind currents."
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