A kinetic structure made of wood

Designed by UK-based design practice NEON, Shiver house is a wooden kinetic installation inspired by the common Finnish hut (mökki) that moves and adapts in response to natural forces.

The house was initially installed in 2015 as part of the Barfotastigen exhibition in Korppoo, Finland. The project was intended to be in-situ for 4 months but due to its popularity it was kept on-site on a longer-term basis. This year, a new edition of the installation was created, constructed out of Finnish Airplane Ply.

On the ‘roof’ of the house, 600 kinetic counterweighted shingles are installed, which respond to the changing weather conditions of the site. Wind and rain cause the shingles to rotate into a closed position giving the structure the temporary appearance and function of a shelter. According to NEON, “[t]he Shiver House is constantly transforming between being a functional shelter and a poetic and experiential device.”

The structure is a simple wooden one, supporting rows of tensioned steel wire. These wires are treated as batons and designed to hold the counterweighted shingles. The shingles are constructed using a folded and cut Airplane Ply which has been soaked in a protective oil. The counterweight is constructed using a stainless-steel nut and bolt.

Photos: NEON (via V2com)