Life Is a Carousel

Yesterday’s architectural/engineering discovery was amusing, but seemed to have a bit of actual value attached to it. Today’s is a bit harder to countenance:

The Everingham Rotating House is situated approximately 40 kilometres from Wingham NSW, in the hinterland of the Manning Valley on the Nowendoc River, comprising pristine rapids and deep water with mountains rising directly above the river.

Built largely of glass and steel, and powered by an electric motor “not much bigger than a washing machine motor”, the Everingham Rotating House is a brilliant testimonial to the ingenuity of its owner/builders. It also encapsulates many aspects of ecologically sound building principles, such as optimising natural light and heat, while rotating 360° to take advantage of sunshine and shade at different times of the day and year.

Perhaps I’m being overly stodgy, but living in a merry-go-round doesn’t seem particularly ingenious. Or fun. (Of course, I struggle with motion sickness from time to time, so I might not be the best test case for determining just how pleasurable spinning around at 160 metres per hour actually is.)

The FAQs point out that the house does not have to move at all times, so my stomach would have the opportunity to calm down slightly. And the galleries (Inside and Outside) suggest that it is a pleasant enough building. Still, if your answer to “Why have a house that can rotate?” is “Well, why not?” I will remain  a bit dubious.

Apparently, there are a fair number of far less dubious folks out there. This isn’t the only Rotating House website out there. (And it’s not even close to the silliest idea I’ve seen today.)


Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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