Follow the sun

revolving house

Orienting a house to take advantage of the weather is always a challenge to architects, especially in an age when architects are driven by clients to include active and passive solar electricity, heating and cooling in the design.

After hearing a neighbour lamenting a wrong decision about the placement of his house, Australian engineer Luke Everingham was inspired by his wife’s remark: ‘How about a house that moves?’

The result was this practical design – an octagonal house that turns to follow the sun or to catch the breeze. And it cost no more to build than a conventional house of the same size and quality.

keyboard

Powered by two washing machine-sized electric motors, the speed and pattern of the rotation is computer-controlled. With its extensive roof area, the house could be adapted to be fully solar-powered.

Attractive as the idea may be, it isn’t the first of its kind. George Bernard Shaw had a hand-cranked rotating study in his garden in the 1930s and similar structures were used much earlier than that in the treatment of tuberculosis in the days before antibiotics when fresh air and sunlight were the preferred treatment.

3 responses to “Follow the sun”

  1. Joan Avatar
    Joan

    Absolutely LOVE this house and one like this is top of my wish list.
    Congratulations on bringing this idea into reality

  2. Ewa Anna Avatar
    Ewa Anna

    Assolutamente fantastica idea costruire casa come questa ,che poi si puo fare tante altre combinazioni con il detto, dei piani ( strutture organiche ). Certo che idea della ruotazione con il sole anche è interessante, a me basterebbe orientare le funzioni della vita nelle direzzioni adatti ,la terra anche si muove verso l’universo, verso sole, e dobbiamo anche noi muoversi no aspettare del adattamento …cercare massima simbiosi energetica, con luce, aria , ed altri elementi.Importante capire i leggi della natura e del universo e addattarsi a queste ,usare i giusti materiali , la inteligenza nel ogni detaglio. Piu dificile trovare il posto adatto, direi ideale per i nostri sogni, che poi non sarà agredito…Complimenti per inventori e realizzatori della casa, che immagino come è spaziosa, e funzionale, percio amata. Saluto ciao

  3. H.Rinn Avatar

    we did it before! Now a three floor rotating house is in construction in Germany.
    visit the website!
    regards
    h.r.