Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rotating House Keeps You Going in Circles

Taree, Australia

This octagonal house can rotate a full 360 degrees with the touch of a few buttons.

Why It’s Unique: A rotating drive consisting of 32 outrigger wheels and powered by two 500-watt electric motors are used to spin the house on demand, a process that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours. Geothermal heating keeps the house at a steady 71.6 F, and the electrical wiring and plumbing are centralized so that they don’t interfere with the house’s ability to move. The entire cost of the project was on par with the cost of a non-rotating house of comparable size.

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