When you build a Bed and Breakfast by the sea, everyone wants the ocean view. For The Around the Sea project in Prince Edward Island, they solved the problem by building a rotating house. It is a mashup of a couple of concepts seen on TreeHugger before; Warren first covered Australia's Everingham Rotating House a few years back; I have mentioned North Carolina's Deltec Homes in a roundup of round homebuilders. Now, in PEI, Steve Arnold has put a Deltec house on top of Luke Everingham's turntable, and it may become a bigger attraction than Ann's Green Gables.
It is an impressive mechanism, 35 tonnes of steel in a "spiderweb" track system. However, through the magic of gearing, the whole thing is driven by 2 motors no larger than you would find in a washing machine.
The Deltec pre-engineered house is then built on top. It's claimed that a round design is more energy efficient:
A round home is more energy efficient than a conventional rectangular home because there is less dead space (i.e. corners) for cold air to collect and there is less drafting because the wind diffuses around the building rather than catch a large solid wall.
However when I reported on this claim in my earlier post on round buildings, a commenter insisted that "This story indicates the need for a new writer and a new editor." There are some who are concerned that there are too many connections, and if it is rotating, that just complicates the sealing of those connections.
It certainly makes for dramatic spaces. The house can do a complete turn every 40 minutes, controlled by your iPhone, of course. They are just finishing up the interior now, and the house will be available for rental in the spring. Take it for a spin at Around the Sea