Roundhouse by Eli Attia

Architect Eli Attia tells Forbes Magazine "Enough of this nonsense of building homes the way we did 100 years ago, It's all a waste."

So what is he building in Beverley Hills? A 13,000 square foot roundhouse- instead of a McMansion it is a giant round McPatty. It is prefab, recycled steel, has rainwater collection and a green roof. It is true that a circle of a given perimeter encloses more area than a square of the same perimeter, so there is some logic to this if you can figure out how to furnish the round rooms (speak to anyone who has ever lived in a dome about this.) Attia says "We have to be more efficient in how we build,We can't afford not to be."

Forbes notes that ``There are some construction efficiencies to a Roundhouse. Wiring, water pipes and heating/cooling ducts can radiate from a central utility core, shortening runs of these copper-rich connections. Interior walls can be either movable and modular or easily constructed bulwarks of studs and drywall. In colder climates exterior walls will consist almost entirely of argon-filled thermopane glass. Equipped with computer-controlled blinds, these walls could, depending on temperature and the need for light, insulate the house or fill it with the sun's rays.``

But 13,000 square feet does not a sustainable house make. Come back when you cut the area by a factor of eight or ten and we might have a model worth emulating. ::Forbes and ::Roundhouse

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