Vojin built the home on a concrete platform and used electric motors to make it turn (Picture: Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
When Ljubica Kusic mentioned she wished she could see more from her windows, she didn’t expect her husband to understand the assignment quite so well.
That’s because her husband, Vojin, took her idea and fully ran with it, building them a house that spins to suit Ljubica’s fancy.
Vojin, 72, had no formal architecture or engineering training and has never been to university, but didn’t let that stop him building the unique property in their hometown of Srbac, Northern Bosnia.
Now, whenever Ljubica wants to face the sun or see something different, she can rotate the house up to 360 degrees – or even go for a twirl in it if the mood strikes.
‘After I reached an advanced age and after my children took over the family business,’ said Vojin.
‘I finally had enough time to task myself with granting my wife her wish.’
The wish had been a while coming, as Ljubica had mentioned she wasn’t happy with the view in their former home, where the couple raised their three children.
The house can rotate fully in as little as 22 second (Picture: Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
The bedrooms faced the sun, but this meant their living room faced the back garden, and Ljubica came to miss seeing people walking up to the front door.
Vojin initially remodelled, saying: ‘I had to tear down the wall between our two bedrooms to turn them into a living room and move all (electrical) installations.
‘It was a very demanding task, it took a lot from me, but I did what she wanted.’
When one of their sons got married, the family decided that Vojin and Ljubica would live downstairs and the younger couple would live upstairs, which again prompted some DIY from the patriarch.
Vojin jokes his wife will now be able to rotate away from unwanted visitors (Picture: Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
Vojin said: ‘Once again, this time on the ground floor, I had to start tearing down some walls, at which point, to not wait for her to change her mind again, I decided to build a new, rotating house so that she can spin it as she pleases.’
Mounted onto a concrete plinth, the house turns using electric motors and the wheels of an old military transport vehicle.
Vojin came up with the design all by himself, and worked it out so the house can make a full rotation in 22 seconds, while at its slowest it completes the turn in 24 hours.
‘Now, our front door also rotates,’ joked Vojin.
‘So if she spots unwanted guests heading our way, she can spin the house and make them turn away.’
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