Bosnian man builds a spinning home for his wife that can complete a full rotation in only 22 seconds!

In the town of Srbac, Bosnia, a 72-year-old man transformed his family home into a rotating duplex for his son, daughter-in-law, and beloved wife.

We do what we can for the ones we love. Some might surprise their partner with a romantic holiday, let a friend borrow their car, or cover the tab at a boozy brunch. In Bosnia, a 72-year-old man named Vojin Kusic built a rotating home for his wife, ljubica, following her wish for both their bedroom and living room to face the sun. Some of us do what we can, and then some.

From inside their rotating home, the couple is gently woken up by the sun over fertile grasslands in the morning. Then, come high afternoon while sitting in the living room, the Kusic’s are warmed by natural sunlight and positioned in the ideal spot to keep an eye on who’s coming to visit them. Borrowing electric motors and wheels from an old military transport vehicle, Vojin Kusic built the rotating home with his own two hands.

When Vojin built his family’s first home, he oriented it so that his and his wife’s bedroom faced the sun, but as the years went by, the Vusics realized their need to supervise the driveway from their living room. This realization gave way to their spinning house. Spinning on a 7-meter axis, at its slowest speed, Vojin’s home completes a rotation in 24 hours and at its fastest, the home can turn around in 22 seconds.

Remodeling their family home served more than the purpose of fulfilling ljubica’s wish, as Vojin transformed the home’s topmost level into a loft for his son and wife to live, while the downstairs remained reserved for the parents. While the renovation required a lot of manual labor and electrical rewiring, the rotating feature was inspired and designed all by Vojin’s natural wit.

Designer: Vojin Kusic

This desktop toy is literally a Stairway To Heaven!

The Uplift, made to sit on your desk, was designed to occupy little physical space but a lot of attention. Mounted on a magnetically powered axle, this wooden spiral spins continuously in a soothing fashion, in the hopes of pulling your eyes away from screens and displays, and to something that’s more physical and relaxing. The Uplift is the literal embodiment of the phrase “watching this on loop”.

Titled the Uplift, the spiraling wooden structure was made to calm and uplift one’s spirits. Made to move either clockwise or anti-clockwise, the spiral can either rotate upwards or downwards. Designer Tom Lawton says “There isn’t really a wrong or a right way. Steam rises, whirlwinds and smoke flow upwards — molten lava, waterfalls and whirlpools flow down”. Powered by magnets at the base (and with a ‘magnetic wand’ that helps initiate the rotation), the Uplift spins quietly, and for long lengths of time, thanks to its ‘solar engine’- a cleverly designed contact-less rotary drive system that has little to no inertia. The entire sculpture is encased in a glass dome, giving it a personality that feels almost precious and untouched, while making sure external elements like the wind don’t break the Uplift’s hypnotic spinning action!

Designer: Tom Lawton

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