There’s nothing better than sitting on the Adriatic coast with a glass of Chianti in one hand, basking in the stunning Italian views.
Except maybe sitting on the Adriatic coast with a glass of Chianti, inside a house that can rotate in every direction and give you glorious panoramic views of the surrounding vista.
Near the northern Italian city of Rimini, architect Roberto Rossi has designed a home on top of a meter-wide pillar, which can be rotated mechanically whenever the owner wants fresh views from the living room window.
But the mechanics of this unique octagonal house were a functional decision just as much as they were an aesthetic one. Rossi built the home to be sustainable, according to Curbed. With solar panels placed in the roof, the house can follow the sun's path through the sky and efficiently generate a substantial amount of energy. The house also gets energy from a heat pump and a solar thermal system.
To prevent wear-and-tear from continuous rotation, building contractor ProTek constructed the home with a steel frame structure and hemp and wood fibre panels to keep it light-weight, Dezeen reported.
The idea of a revolving house isn’t new. In the 1930s Italian engineer Angelo Invernizzi designed an L-shaped house that rotates around a central tower. This home, the Villa Girasole (the "sunflower"), was where Rossi found inspiration. “We wanted to rediscovered (sic) the futuristic avant-garde appeal of Villa Girasole,” Rossi told Dezeen. “In a sense, it was like finding a father again.”
But you don’t have to go to Italy to appreciate swiveling architectural feats. In New Hampshire, a private observatory rotates at its multi-faceted top, giving stargazers the ability to see the night sky from different viewpoints. And head over to Dubai in 2020 and you may be lucky enough to see the city atop the world’s first rotating skyscraper.