Slip House by Carl Turner Architects

Built for the architect himself and just recently completed, Slip House was designed as an adaptable prototype for learning about sustainable design, as well as ways to build affordable homes. Designed by Carl Turner Architects, the design is made up of three stacked boxes that are “slipped” (cantilevered). The top floor, which houses the living area and rooftop access, is covered in milky glass sheets that also extend up above the roof to create the deck.

The London-based house will be used as the designer’s home and office for the time being, with the flexibility to change things if need be. The house is built as such that it can adapt to the owner’s needs and be used strictly as a single family home, an apartment with an office, or two apartments if they desire additional income. Pretty smart, right?

The middle floor is the space for sleeping which gives the top — the more public areas — the best views.

This design also happens to be one of the most energy efficient houses that has been built in the UK with numerous green additions to the structure including: solar-assisted ground source heat pump, photovoltaics, a wildflower roof, and rainwater harvesting.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.