Skip to comments.The incredible origami house that can change its shape to face the Sun
Posted on 12/08/2012 8:09:48 AM PST by Uncle Chip
There are houses for cold climates, which are designed to keep in the precious warmth; there are houses for hot climates where architecture allows for air to sweep through and keep inhabitants cool.
However, until now, the two were difficult to combine. But this new incredible folding house is able to, in the words of its creators, 'metamorphosize' into eight different configurations to adapt to seasonal, meteorological and even astronomical conditions.
For example, in the summer plan, bedroom one faces east and watches the sun rise as its inhabitan wakes up. It can then rotate so that the user is constantly in sunlight, while the house generates energy through its solar panels.
The revolutionary home is based on the work of an early 20th Century mathematician who discovered a way to dissect a square and rearrange its parts into an equilateral triangle.
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very ugly - very interesting
Definitely neat! I loved the idea, and I actually liked the way the house looked, too. It would sort of be like moving every season...without having to pack a thing or even take a picture down!
I think plumbing and electrical would be a pretty big problem.
That, and remembering where the heck the bathroom went in an emergency...
.................I think plumbing and electrical would be a pretty big problem.....................
I guess you could pick up power from the rails it moves on, but fresh and waste water would be a real problem.
I wonder if this could be built to any existing code in the US?
Imagine having prostate problems and get up to go to the bathroom and the house reconfigured during the night.
It’s all fun in games until someone gets their finger caught.
When it breaks down and moves no more, you better hope that is one of your preferred configurations.
However, it appears as if the central core of the house doesn't move and everything pivots around it. That is probably where the plumbing/electrical kitchen/bathrooms would have to be located.
A remarkable feature of Dudeney's solution is that the each of the pieces can be hinged at one vertex, forming a chain that can be folded into the square or the original triangle.
Who would have thunk to have done that???
Someone with a whole lot of time on their hands.
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