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Super amazing rotating house open for inspection this weekend

By Barcham - 19 April 2013 22


You may recall last year RiotACT ran a story about a rotating house being built in Crace?

Well it has been built, and you can buy it.

From concept to reality, superior in every way……’Girsasole’ (meaning to turn to the sun) is the brain child of well-respected local builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions ACT P/L. This truly amazing home has been his dream since he was a 10-year-old Italian boy and was inspired by the teachings of Italian physicist, Galileo.

Supported by 28 wheels and driven by two whisper quiet motors, the home can rotate through 360 degrees and has been designed to literally track the winter sun through the living areas and avoid the harsh Australian sun in summer. It is able to operate at three speeds and is controlled by a touch screen panel, this is high tech, environmentally friendly living at its best.

The auction is next month, so break open your coin jars and check under the couch cushions.

Also, I turned 30 this week and you didn’t get me a present Rioters. So if all of you want to chip in together and buy me a rotating house, I would be totally cool with that.


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Russ 8:28 pm 20 Apr 13

Firstly, the verby of Girsasole does sound mildly reflexive (though the actual infinitive form is girarsi) and maybe it’s OK in some Italian dialect.

Secondly, the Allhomes listing is worth a look. Apparently there is one aspect from the site that looks over parkland that is claimed to never to be built over, although the rest is probably McManch and Colorbond fence.

Thirdly, looking at the details of the listing reveals that the house rotator has three speeds. That’s it. While I assume one is anti-crease, the question that comes to mind is that if you’re going to build this rotating house, surely you’d include a fancy-ish control system?

With a microcontroller, a variable frequency drive, some grey code and a length of stout twine, one could fashion a system with options to continually track the sun, or move to various points during the day, or to a specific position on command.

Pork Hunt 6:01 pm 20 Apr 13

DrKoresh said :

Girasole does sound like some kind of personal hygiene product, gotta say.

Or a swear word as in “pass me the rectinol you girasole”….

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