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We expect small sliding wood doors, or larger industrial-steel ones, but rock is rarely something you see moving with any grace or stealth.

A very elegant, yet complex, workaround, this electric sliding wall serves to accommodate local building requirements that the replacement home have the same small windows as the old stone structure that stood there before.

Along the same lines, restrictions prevented a two-story high, so the entire structure had to be sunk half a floor to accommodate a second level above.

But the beauty is that the casual visitor would never knew that necessity drove these design decisions – independently, they add character, complexity and functionality to the home by British architects Baynes & Co.