Rolf Disch's Heliotrop Rotating House

Rolf Disch’s Heliotrop Rotating House


Rolf Disch has designed a new house with a solar-collecting array on top that follows the Sun all day long, but the real feat of engineering comes from the structure itself. The entire house rotates on a central axle. The front of the house is composed of triple-glazed glass to point toward that glowing ball of gas in the sky during the winter, while a heavily insulated backside rotates around to keep the heat at bay during those warm summer months.

 Rolf Dischs Heliotrop Rotating House

And that balcony you see at the top? That isn’t a simple railing system; those are solar vacuum tubes for heating water and moving it throughout the house. This house is so energy efficient it actually generates more energy than it needs. And I thought the five-star energy rating for my new home was a big deal.

 Rolf Dischs Heliotrop Rotating House

The house has been the personal residence of the Architect since 1994.

 Rolf Dischs Heliotrop Rotating House


  • phd April 16, 2007 at 12:47 PM Login to Reply →

    great post! hope you keep updating your dream homes!

  • David Bethoney May 15, 2007 at 20:24 PM Login to Reply →

    wow…this house is pretty crazy! It is exciting to see advancements in efficiency like this.

  • rajesh July 26, 2007 at 03:02 AM Login to Reply →

    its a great piece of engineering.
    more and more people should get involved with such energy efficient homes!!

  • karen dahl May 28, 2008 at 11:59 AM Login to Reply →

    The greatest compliment to Rolf is if we all ask for a copy of the design. It is so innovative, one of its kind is not enough. Please send me the architectural plans so that I may copy the house in Australia. Thanks.

  • steven Kelly June 8, 2008 at 07:46 AM Login to Reply →

    Like youre design of the i wish you can design me a house like yours so i cut back
    on my engery foot print on the planet limiting green house gas production

  • Anonymous November 8, 2008 at 07:17 AM Login to Reply →

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  • Pinky Sy March 14, 2009 at 10:55 AM Login to Reply →

    Great invention! Always dreamed of having a circular house…. would it be practical for a tropical place as cebu, philippines? would be a great thing for the house we’re planning to build by the sea

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