Posted by JWmHarmon on September 19, 2002 at 15:40:49:
In Reply to: Re: ArchWeek - Revolutionary Domes posted by Kevin Matthews on September 19, 2002 at 14:23:58:
Check out the link below for a desription of a rotating house in Africa.
Perhaps we could call these houses "Revolutionary Domiciles."
We should also mention the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, USA, when we discuss revolving structures. The Space Needle has a restaurant at the top that revolves revealing an ever-changing panoramic view while one eats dinner.
http://www.spaceneedle.com/experience_history.htm tells us that "The five-level top house dome was completed with special attention paid to the revolving restaurant level and Observation Deck. The top house was balanced so perfectly that the restaurant rotated with just a one horsepower electric motor. In keeping with the Century 21 theme, the final coats of paint were dubbed “Astronaut White” for the legs, “Orbital Olive” for the core, “Re-entry Red” for the halo and “Galaxy Gold” for the sunburst and pagoda roof. The 605-foot tall Space Needle was completed in December 1961 and officially opened a mere four months later on the first day of the World's Fair, April 21, 1962."
One could also site the "Round House" of railroad engineering. Sometimes referred to as the "turn-around-house." The round house mechanism allowed for turning train engines around for the trip back the other way and for driving them into different repair bays. This site shows a picture of the Chattanooga Railroad Roundhouse building in 1864. http://www.aeragon.com/03/03-15.html
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