Galilai: Rotating Dome House Escapes Sun and Blocks Wind

Can you imagine living in a house with the top floor rotating 348 degrees? An adventurous couple did not just imagine living in one, but actually built a home that rotates with a push of a button. Yes! There is now a rotating house and it is in South Africa.

Galilai is a 19,000 square foot dome house overlooking False Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa. Raymond Alexander, designed the two-story dwelling that swivels to escape the sun and block the wind. The proud owner of the rotating house is a German businessman Harard Scheppig. He and his wife had the house built out of curiosity.


The house took 4 years, 2 years to plan and another 2 years to build it. When the house finally completed in 2001, it is not noticeable because of the special plaster covering the concrete shell of the house. The special plasters help prevent the concrete shell of the house from cracking.

The house upper level is possible to reach by using the retractable bridge, which is a necessity for the house to rotate. The lower level of the house is accessible directly from the entry gate. The top floor has a measurement of 49-foot diameter and weighs about 850 metric tons. Overall, there are five bedrooms and a living room that has an amazing dome illuminated with constellations. The constellations of the southern and northern hemispheres made with high-quality glass fiber cables. In addition, a wide sliding glass doors open to an incredible view of the mountain. The dome house has high ceilings and skylights that bring natural light and cut down electricity cost. By the way, this house has no straight wall, since it rotates at the push of a button.


Take note, a rotating mechanism moves the house either counterclockwise or clockwise. A 3.8 KW laser-controlled German Bauer gear motor powers the rotating mechanism. The motor tested for a period since it powers the electrical drive that rotates the sculptural house.


The house is on the market for $1.8 million (R25 million), but Scheppig and his wife is not in a hurry to sell. Can you blame them if they are not rushing to sell the place?

Via Inhabitat