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Discover the “Lighthouse”: the glass house that rotates to capture the perfect sunlight


Residential design sometimes brings us ideas that really impress with their versatility. As is the case with the Lighthouse, designed to be a circular house with glass walls that rotates 360 degrees.

In other words, if the resident wants, they can enjoy the sunrise and, later on the same day, the sunset, while being in the same room. Everything is even more interesting because it is a house in a privileged location with greenery and sea views in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Designed in the 1990s by Don Dunick, the Lighthouse required dedication and great engineering knowledge. After all, a house that rotates needs water plumbing and electrical installation that are very different from the traditional one, for example.

There were years of development, in addition to bureaucratic obstacles to ensure the viability of the house (which now stands out as a landmark of innovation). Take a look:

For a full 360-degree rotation, you need to wait 33 minutes on the default setting. At “high speed”, you need to wait 15 minutes for the house to rotate completely. And everything works at the touch of a button, making it an experience that is not so exciting at speed, but comfortable and silent, according to those responsible.

In addition to its impressive mechanics, the Lighthouse is equipped with climate-sensitive technology, capable of adjusting its orientation to make the most of sunlight or a refreshing breeze, while maintaining a pleasant internal temperature. The exact details of how this technology works remain a mystery.

What is known is that the house has 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, a modern kitchen and a cozy outdoor area. Being on the market for the first time through Sotheby's International Realty, information is that the Lighthouse is costing around NZ$1 million (more than R$3 million in the current conversion).



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