In the past I’ve written about some houses and concept designs that pretty outlandish, and at times plain bonkers. This elevated home, built as part of an arts project, might possibily top the list.
Called ReActor, the house is capable of rotating and tilting on its supporting plinth. It’s been designed by architect/artist duo Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley.
The project was carried out as part of a display for the OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, New York. It’s been coined as a “habitable sculpture”. Schweder and Shelley actually lived in the unit for five days as part of the installation.
ReActor is comparable in size to a shipping container – it measures 44-by-8 feet (13.4-by-2.4 meters). It can rotate through 360-degrees and is set on top of a 15 foot tall (4.6 meters) concrete column.
According to the designers, the house’s movements are a response to the inhabitants’ own movements, external forces and the internal conditions. I’m not sure if you’d want it tilting and rotating while attempting to eat your Kelloggs cornflakes, but each to their own.
While there are some obvious practicality issues here, I do find it an interesting concept. Several homes, cabins and other dwellings in the past have experimented with the idea of rotating, usually in an attempt to follow the path of the sun, or the stars at night, but this project takes it to another level.