Spinning Circular Connecticut Home – Ethan Oh – “Exercise 101”

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Renovates Circular Connecticut Home that Spins

Originally constructed in 1968 by Richard T Foster, the unusual "Round House" was recently refurbished by the Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects firm with an additional pool/guest house being added to the four acre property. While most of the firms changes to the house involved opening up the formerly more divided space, the architects came in with a focus on "revealing the potential of natural light". This focus on "revealing" potential centered around the most unusual aspect of the home, the fact that in spun on a ball bearing ring, allowing for 360 degree views from every room. With the house itself being elevated off the ground, the spinning characteristic allowed for unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape. To me, the "Round House" provides an interesting concept for architects. While conceptually windows may be placed to frame a certain view, a spinning home provides individuals with the ability to choose their own views to frame.

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