DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that followed the sun. The home’s name comes from the Italian words “girare” and “sole” - meaning “to turn” and “sun.” The slow and silent movements are calculated to take full advantage of natural resources and maximise efficiency of a 10.5Kw solar array.
Girasole turns incrementally according to a program that figures where the sun is located in the sky throughout the day. Residents can also take charge of the rotation via an iPad to fully rotate the home in less than 10 minutes; the video shows a timelapse of the house turning. Over the summer months, the solar array has produced far more electricity and hot water than the occupants use, giving them a healthy surplus on their bill.