There’s a tiny house in Portland, Oregon that follows the sun. The 359 by PATH Architecture is a 144-square-foot house that can rotate about its’ center to pursue the light of the sun, regulate the heat of the house, or just to change the view. The name of the house comes from the fact that it can be rotated 359-degrees, unable to rotate the last degree to prevent the wires and water lines from tangling up.
PATH owner and creator of 359 Benjamin J. Kaiser first came up with the idea for the house five years ago and built the mechanism that allowed the house to rotate. Unfortunately, the house sat for a long time “waiting for the right owner to come along,” said Kaiser. It wasn’t until he mentioned the idea to a friend of his that the house finally found a home.
Kaiser expressed that the theory behind 359 was “the logical union of the smaller housing trend (after the recession and with global warming in mind) combined with energy consciousness.” The whole house can be heated with a 110V Cadet heater and originally the plans for the house were for it to be a completely off-the-grid structure. Kaiser designed the house to include a composting toilet, battery bank beneath the deck, a heat-pump, and a circular filtration system that would receive the waste water from a center water line. The owner of the house wanted a flushing toilet, though, so Kaiser changed the design to fit his request.
Currently, Kaiser is working on a design for a house that will turn a full 360-degrees by finding a way to hold the electrical and water connections without risk entanglement. The turning mechanism featured on the house right now is safe and designed to prevent any damage due to high winds or earthquakes yet easy enough to use that even a child could rotate the house. The baseline cost for the house is $145,000, which includes complete electrical and water hookups, while an off-the-grid version will set you back $90,000.
Learn more about the house here.