Suite Vollard, located in Curitiba, Brazil, is the world's first revolving apartment building. The building has 11 3,000-square-foot units, each of which occupies a whole floor. The apartments, designed by architect Bruno de Franco of Moro Construction, are being offered for $300,000 each.
Owners control the speed and direction of the rotation - a full 360 turn takes from 15 minutes to an hour. The bathrooms and kitchens are all stationary, though, so wires and pipes don't get twisted.
"Standing the Columbus’ egg on its end," in the words of architect Sérgio Silka, was easy: a metal platform was laterally structured with vertical metal struts attached to its base. The upper part is telescopically fastened to a curved guide that is fixed to the concrete slab. The lateral sealing can then rotate together with the platform. A system of cogwheels and roller chains effects the rotation.
"Facades have no masonries, that is, a true curtain facade was built with the vinyl frames attached to the revolving metal structure of the floor and of the ceiling. The result was fabulous, we’ve had no problems with noise or tightness," says Bruno de Franco. According to him, the Vollard facade required a pliable material so that it would also have structural resistance. "Vinyl was the best solution: it combines suppleness, performance, and good looks," says de Franco.
Apartment sales started December 16, 2004. The tower is located in a friendly district of Ecoville, 45 min walk from the beach. The fact of coincidence between the tower name of Suite Vollard and the series of Picasso’s etchings does not seem accidental.
For a photo gallery, click here.