Villa Girasole

by on 04/ 08/ 2008, under Books, Engineering, History, Uncategorized

…1935, the Italian engineer Angelo Invernizzi created 1935 a masterpiece of kinetic architecture…..

Today i present the book „Il Girasole“ (ISBN: 8887624178 Pick It! ), that deals with an extraordinary revolving house.

“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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8 Comments for this entry

  • Anonymous

    Wir haben vor 2 1/2 Jahren die Villa Giransole besichtigt. Leider war der Zutritt verboten und lt, einer meldung am Pförtnerhaus wurde des Areal von Hunden bewacht. Wir respektive ich haben doch noch einen “verbotenen” Weg gefunden um an die Villa zu kommen und sind auch darauf rumgeklettert. Selten hat mich ein Gebäude so berührt. Allerding ging für mich etwas “Unheimliches” von diesem Haus und auch dem Park wie das überaus futuristische Swimmingpool aus. Ich denke, die Leute wurden nicht sehr glücklich in diesem Haus. Trotzdem die Faszination hat mich nicht losgelassen, zumal ich das Gebäude
    unbedingt auch von innen sehen will. Gibt es in dem Buch auch Innenansichten?. Haben Sie das Haus schon von innen gesehen. und wenn ja, wie haben Sie das geschafft? Herzlichen Dank und liebe Grüsse aus Zürich. S. Sigg

  • VP

    Im Buch “Villa Girasole” sowie im “Revolving Architecture” gibt es Innenansichten. Wenn Sie Villa Girasole besuchen wollen müssen Sie einen Termin vereinbaren. Falls Sie Interesse haben melden Sie bitte unter

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