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A rotating house for Gungahlin

By johnboy - 12 December 2012 25

The Clean Energy Future website has an intriguing promise of a house being built in Crace which will be able to flip around to follow the sun:

The rotating house, in the suburb of Crace, will be the first of its kind in the nation’s capital.

Currently under construction, the four-bedroom home, designed by DNA Architects and Industrious Design, will allow its owners to take full advantage of natural light and solar efficiency by rotating with the touch of a button.

The house – dubbed Girasole, meaning follow the sun – can complete a full rotation in less than 10 minutes and can also rotate to track the sun automatically.

The rotation, using twenty-eight wheels and two motors, will require about 100 watts of electricity – about the same as a bright light bulb.

We look forward to seeing this wonder in action.

UPDATE 12/12/12 16:43: The house’s PR firm have been in touch to point us at a story in The Age and a facebook page if you’re interested.

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25 Responses to
A rotating house for Gungahlin
1
thatsnotme 3:30 pm
12 Dec 12
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Well, that’ll f&#$ the Jehovahs!

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Holden Caulfield 4:15 pm
12 Dec 12
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Seems like a good idea in theory. Will be good to check it out.

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gospeedygo 4:29 pm
12 Dec 12
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The first house that inspires motion sickness? I thought all the houses in Crace did that. I kid because I love.

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farq 4:33 pm
12 Dec 12
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A house in Crace designed around the idea of having a good solar aspect is unique, I’ll admit that.

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schmeah 4:33 pm
12 Dec 12
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Awesome! Lucky residents will be have front row viewing access to ALL their neighbours yards and bathrooms!

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:38 pm
12 Dec 12
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Does the benefit of a rotating house outweigh the initial build cost? Surely can’t be cheap.

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aidan 4:50 pm
12 Dec 12
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It is a good idea because you can “over-glaze” one side of the house, and then point that south in summer, or hot days in spring/autumn. Could probably achieve the same effect with shutters or removable shade structures for a fair bit less cost.

Rotating to the south would stuff up roof mounted solar PV however.

Strikes me as a bit gimmicky, expensive and prone to failure.

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LSWCHP 4:57 pm
12 Dec 12
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schmeah said :

Awesome! Lucky residents will be have front row viewing access to ALL their neighbours yards and bathrooms!

And all of their neighbours will be able to hear them having sex at various times, rather than just the ones on the bedroom side of the house. Share the love! :-)

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Grail 5:19 pm
12 Dec 12
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What about over-glazing the south side of the house and using heliostats?

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poetix 5:20 pm
12 Dec 12
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It would be cool if it went out of control. That happened to James Bond once in a training thing for astronauts.

It’s bound to happen sooner or later.

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arescarti42 5:59 pm
12 Dec 12
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Seems very gimmicky to me, you don’t need your house to rotate for it to be energy efficient in Canberra’s climate. Proper orientation, solar passive design and decent insulation will do the trick.

From my perspective, having it rotate just creates unnecessary complexity, expense, and limits what you can do with the design.

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Pork Hunt 6:06 pm
12 Dec 12
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poetix said :

It would be cool if it went out of control. That happened to James Bond once in a training thing for astronauts.

It’s bound to happen sooner or later.

Like turning an LP into a 78?

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Duffbowl 6:20 pm
12 Dec 12
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Looks fairly interesting, and I’d love to see how it goes in 5-8 years time.
Looking through the FB pics and I notice one of our newer contributors who likes to advertise by stealth commented that they could have assisted the project.

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dpm 8:51 pm
12 Dec 12
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Quite interesting! I’d love to see how the services were all designed to work in a rotating environment! Would be tricky to arrange I imagine?!
Same with the guttering. It mentions an underground tank but not sure how you’d connect that.
The neighbours must have been a bit freaked when they saw the early work! :-)

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xperfect_darkx 9:29 pm
12 Dec 12
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How does the plumbing/electricity work if it all moves? Surely at least the plumbing needs a permanent pipe out?

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