7 Dec 2009
This incredible idea was born after the owner said, "Wouldn't it be handy to have a house that could move?"
Based on the weight of the average house, they discovered that the mechanism need only consist of two small electrical engines no larger than that of a washing machine. They designed this octagonal shaped building with a 360˚ veranda that sits on a platform and follows the sun all day long. The mechanism is simply controlled by a touchpad in their living room.
Isn't it wonderful that technology has enabled this fantasy idea to be realised? If a client says they want you to build them a house that receives maximum sunlight, you just wouldn't expect this to be a plausible solution. You might imagine floor to ceiling windows or for the house to be orientated in a particular direction - but not a house on a rotating turntable!
This has taught me that no idea is too outrageous to dismiss. That initial crazy thought might be the key to the whole project!