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.

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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.

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

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

    great post! hope you keep updating your dream homes!

  • David Bethoney May 15, 2007 at 20:24 PMLogin 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 AMLogin 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 AMLogin 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 AMLogin 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 AMLogin to Reply →

    Rolf Disch’s Heliotrop Rotating House…

    Rolf Disch’s Heliotrop Rotating House…

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  • Pinky Sy March 14, 2009 at 10:55 AMLogin 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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