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Which way is your apartment facing today?

June 25, 2008

I don’t know why, but the idea of an apartment building in motion strikes me as pretty cool.  But I’m having trouble visualizing the hallways.  And how do your friends find you?  “We’re usually somewhere on the 18th floor.”

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  1. June 25, 2008 at 22:50 | #1

    It sounds very cool—but also high maintenance (building/apartment-moving mechanisms are going to be highly stressed bits of machinery).

    I’m also amused by the order of magnitude “will cost from $3.7m to $36m.”

    The whole scheme reminds me of the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World (the famous A-frame hotel with the monorail running through it).  The original modular design—which added mightily to the cost—envisioned that each room could be slid out by cranes to be upgraded/replaced/maintained with far less cost and disruption than doing upgrades and maintenance on entire floors or the full building.  It was only when they got to the point of trying it that they discovered that the steel connections in the building had rusted together in the Florida humidity, which, along with overall settling of the building, made it definitely non-modular ever again.

  2. June 25, 2008 at 22:55 | #2

    $3.6m to $36m is the range of cost for individual apartments.  I wonder if the people in the cheap $3.6m apartments will have old refrigerators and rusty Cameros on their lawns.

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