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House Rotates 360 Degrees and Responds to Inhabitants’ Movements

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ReActor House
(Courtesy of OMI International Arts Center)

The architect-artist duo of Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley recently opened their “ReActor” project at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York. Calling the installation “social relationship architecture,” their design is a 44-by-8-foot home that rotates 360 degrees on top of a 15-foot concrete column in response to its inhabitants’ movements and exterior forces like wind and weather.

Yes, you read that right: It’s fully inhabitable, although you might need to take some Dramamine before stepping inside. In fact, the architect-artists themselves lived in their own sculpture for five days back in July, and will move back in from Sept. 24-25, returning for a third stay from Oct. 6-10.

For more information on the ReActor project, click here. Take a short visual tour of the house below. At the bottom, watch a video of the tilting, rotating house in action.

ReActor House
(Courtesy of OMI International Arts Center)
ReActor House
(Courtesy of OMI International Arts Center)
ReActor House
(Courtesy of OMI International Arts Center)
ReActor House
(Courtesy of OMI International Arts Center)
ReActor Home
(Courtesy of OMI International Arts Center)
ReActor House
(Courtesy of OMI International Arts Center)