“A revolving house is challenge to gravity, weitght and statics and to the very idea of rootedness. “Zitat (Il Girasole)
Its called Villa Girasole(means Villa Sunflower) and follows the motion of the sun. It can revolve completely 360 degrees and moves on three circular tracks.
In the hilly surroundings of Marcellise, the two storied and L shaped house rests on a circular base, which is over 44 meters in diameter. In the middle there is a 42 meters tall turret, a sort of conning tower or lighthouse, which the rotating movement hinges on. A diesel engine pushes the house over three circular tracks where 15 trolleys can slide the 5,000 cubic meters building at a speed of 4 millimeters per second (it takes 9 hours and 20 minutes to rotate fully).
“Without risk there can be no possibility of success”. Zitat (Il Girasole)
The revolving part is not the only experiment Invernizzi made, it has a reinforced concrete structure, an aluminum facade, everywhere electrical light, electrical shutters and own designed fittings.
“Engineer was thinking of the sun’s path, of a relation with landscape and the space of human’s life. He ventured to hope that the new construction breakthroughs would free mankind from the heaviness of traditional techniques and from the burden of history. “Zitat (Il Girasole)
Villa Girasole is currently owned by the Invernizzi Foundation and the Architecture Academy of Mendrisio (Switzerland).
Image courtesy by Invernizzi Foundation
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