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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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astrojax 1:42 pm 13 Dec 12

great, won’t need to go out the back – out the back can come to you! will the soalr panels have auto correcting rotation too, or will there simply be a wind turnbine to annoy the neighbours?

i wonder if the garage will have a turntable in it to allow for easy egress when you drive the lexus in front ways…

Paul0075 1:02 pm 13 Dec 12

Canberra: The Nation’s Capital for Rotating Restaurants and Houses. Will look super on the number plates once the Centenary plates run out.

Gungahlin Al 11:57 am 13 Dec 12

On piping, you can clearly see the trench to the pivot point on the aerial photo.
If you can afford the extra costs and particularly the larger block, then it would be fun. For many though, it would be more important to put available funds into improved design and build quality, plus those easily dropped add-ons like PV, greywater, irrigation, water sensitive landscaping design.

Disappointing photo on the Clean Energy Futures website of the other house—massive house, black concrete tiled roof, no eaves or shading over windows on any sides. Sticking a big PV array on your roof doesn’t make a sustainable house. Doesn’t matter how good your window design, if summer sun falls on the glass as a result of poor shading design, you will get overheating inside.

Henry82 11:29 am 13 Dec 12

rosscoact said :

what the hell?

like i said before, this design is nothing new.

The benefit is, certain rooms chase (or hide) from the sun, meaning you get efficient heating/cooling all year round.

If it breaks… it just stays still. You can still live in the house.

rosscoact 10:09 am 13 Dec 12

I imagine this is what it was like when they invented the comb.

what the hell?
why on earth?
it will never work!
my fingers work just as well.
what happens when it breaks?
No good will come of this, mark my words
this is the devil’s work

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