George Clarke's Rotating Home
The small and elegant home that appeared at this years show, as seen on the Channel 4 show Amazing Spaces, is four rooms in one that rotates to create a minimalistic and revolutionary home. It offers the opportunity to think of space in terms of volume, rather than square footage.
The rotating home is clad in riveted aluminium externally - a 3.5 tonne, 4.3 metre tall structure. Cerberus Glazing helped to create a circular bearing, ensuring that the door stayed in place whilst the home rotated meaning each room could have an entrance and exit. The fully functional, circular design allows the homeowner to live comfortably in a space that has been created to revolve on its axis depending on which room is required.
Designing and engineering the house came with its own complications, as parts were sourced from other industries and off-the-shelf parts were adapted to suit the needs of Studio Hardie Team who crafted the structure. For example, the only permanent section of the house is the lift-style panel, which houses the buttons to begin the rotation. The house can impressively turn a 90 degree angle in just 10 seconds, and this was created using electric wheelchair motors.
The interior is pure white with curved details, LED lighting and light boxes. Each room has its own unique atmosphere, which is achieved by simply pressing a button and changing room colours.
The home was built with a vision that life had to be as normal as possible, living in the new revolutionary space – even little things like hanging up coats and storing keys.
William Hardie, Master Craftsman and Designer, said: "The rotating home is literally revolutionary – it's an exercise in rethinking the way we live, our homes and our space.
"By changing one simple principle, it meant we had to readdress every single item in the house and that came with many of its own challenges. I thought it was a daft idea at first, but after building a tiny model I realised the immense space we really had to play with and the project became very logical.
"I hope it inspires other revolutionary ideas and gives an insight into the process of design and invention."