An architect based in Portland, Oregon has (literally) changed the landscape of tiny living with the design of a fully-inhabitable 144-square-foot home that rotates 359 degrees. The house has been appropriately dubbed the ‘359’. The rotating tiny house!
Benjamin Kaiser, owner and principal of PATH Architecture, first thought of this subversive design five years ago. He built a bezel mechanism that would allow the house standing on top of it to rotate as the bezel did. However, the contraption went unused, “waiting for the right owner to come along,” Kaiser said. “Last year I mentioned the idea to friends of mine who have a triple lot in downtown Portland. They said that they’d love to have 359 land on their property.”
When designing the 359, Kaiser enjoyed the idea of being able to chase the light, regulate heat or change the view of your home. While it is reminiscent of the famous rotating “writing hut” of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, Kaiser was unaware of the famous dwelling but instead drew inspiration from larger rotating houses he had come across.
The home’s 359-degree rotation leaves one degree to keep the electrical and water lines from getting intertwined. “The electrical and water lines are accommodated by a coil of protected supply lines,” Kaiser said. “These lines move with the structure yet cannot continue to go around in the same direction, thus the 359 degrees of rotation.”
When it comes to actually rotating the house, Kaiser assures all interested parties that it is an easy task. In fact, the current owner’s young children are completely capable of rotating the home on their own.
According to Kaiser, the 359 is “the logical union of the smaller housing trend (after the recession and with global warming in mind) combined with energy consciousness.” He also points out that the entire house is easily heated with the use of one Cadet 110-volt heater.
However, the current 359 home differs slightly from Kaiser’s original design. The home was initially intended to be off-grid. The original design consisted of a composting toilet, a bank of batteries beneath the deck, an ultra-efficient heat pump, and a water line that came directly through the bezel’s center. Kaiser had to rework the design after the owner decided they’d prefer a flushing toilet.
The off-grid version of the 359 hovers around $90,000 while one with full plumbing and electrical hookups goes for around $145,000.