Imagine a house that rotates, allowing its inhabitants to follow the sun’s path and change their view at will.
There are several rotating buildings globally, each constructed for various reasons, from architectural dreams to maximizing solar power.
But one such house near San Diego, California, stands out.
Unlike others, this one is up for sale, and the real estate agent offered a unique opportunity to explore its intricacies.
The primary question that arises when thinking about a rotating house is the logistics.
How does the plumbing function? How do the electrical connections remain intact?
And perhaps more intriguingly, if this is someone’s dream house, why is it on the market?
The story of this house begins with a couple’s decision to build their home.
On a whim, they decided on a roundhouse to maximize the view.
But the idea evolved, and the thought of a rotating house emerged.
The wife agreed, and the challenge was set- Al Johnstone had to figure out how to construct a house where every room could enjoy every view.
Operating the rotation is a surreal experience.
With the push of a button, the entire world seems to revolve around you. The house, which began construction in 2000, took two years to form a structure.
The challenges were numerous, from workers accustomed to building square structures to skeptical county officials.
But with determination, the house was built, stronger and more unique than anyone could have imagined.
The engineering behind the rotation is fascinating.
Initially powered by a five-horsepower motor, it was soon realized that a one-and-a-half horsepower motor sufficed.
The house can complete a full rotation in 45 minutes, allowing residents to experience both sunset and sunrise from the same bed.
The most intriguing aspect is the plumbing and electrical connections.
While many rotating buildings have stationary kitchens and bathrooms, this house rotates in its entirety.
The solution to the plumbing challenge is ingenious: a central non-rotating core with separate grooves for sewer, gray water, drinking water, and gas.
Each groove is sealed and alarmed, ensuring no mixing of fluids.
The maintenance of this architectural marvel is surprisingly minimal.
Once a year, the bearings require lubrication, a task completed within an hour.
The design, while complex, is efficient and long-lasting, with seals expected to last 75 years.
But the lingering question remains: why sell such a unique home after two decades?
The answer is both practical and poignant.
The owner, after undergoing 18 heart procedures, wants to ensure his wife’s comfort and ease in a simpler home in Coronado, anticipating the challenges she might face in his absence.
So, just as this amazing home got its start as a result of Al thinking of his wife’s future, so will he sell it out of the same consideration.
Take the full tour of this house of rotating rooms with mountain views below!
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