Rotating Home

By Deane Barker on February 13, 2006

Rotating Home: The Exclusive Dream House that Rotates: This is a really great idea. It seems odd at first, but think about how neat it would be if you had a great view to have every room in the room looking onto that view when you’re in it.

No longer will you need to decide which rooms will have a great view and which rooms will have minimal view or no view at all – the RotatingHome allows you to see your entire view from all the major rooms in your home! If you prefer to enjoy your view in the open air, a rotating deck can surround the entire circumference or just part of your home. A RotatingHome can be built in any size or shape with all or part of the home turning and it can have any number of stories with one or all rotating.

Wait until the kids start playing with the remote control. Via MetaFilter.

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Comments

  1. This house seems like an upgraded version of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House (if you are ever in southeast Michigan be sure to stop by the Henry Ford Museum to tour the Dymaxion House – it is amazing). While it is an intruiging idea, there are some fundamental problems to a round house. It would require custom built furniture (no right angles, exterior and central walls are curved) throughout. Also, you generally have to walk through each room to get to the next – not a problem for a single person or couple, but problematic for a larger family.

  2. Why couldn’t you have a central area with rooms around the perimeter?

    It probably could be done, but presents some complications. In the case of the Dymaxion house, Fuller used the center for air circulation, utilities (water, electricity, etc.), and structural support (the entire house hangs from a central pole). In the case of the rotating house, the center is used for utility transmission and of course, the rotation mechanism. Based on the description, (“Steep mountain terrain is not a problem as the RotatingHome can be built up on a central steel column.”) it also seems to provide structural support. If you use this central area for another purpose, you have to find another way to provide this elements. Both of these designs use an exterior curtain wall (because we want to enjoy the view!) and you have to choose something to carry the weight. It is probably easiest in a round building to use the center space for these purposes.

    A particularly large round building might place a circular or semi-circular hall around this structural core (with rooms as spokes extending from this hub), but this is not very space-efficient, and still leaves you with oddly-shaped rooms.

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