How a 1932 patent could have seen us all living in spherical homes

An article published in Everyday Science and Mechanics magazine in 1934 titled "When Home Owners Roll Their Own" wasn't arguing for the legalization of marijuana; it was a radical vision inspired by a patent filed two years prior. That vision: taking your home with you, because your home is a giant, rolling ball.

The idea is absurdly simple. Got a move coming up? Don't sell your house and look for a new one. Instead, just toss some protective tire-like bands on your ball-shaped abode and tow it with a powerful tractor. It's that easy!

Paleofuture's Matt Novak points out that living in a sphere is an idea that's attractive for more than just the mobility it afford, citing the "streamline moderne style of architecture" and how it would bring the boxy home of yesterday and today "to its logical conclusion: the sphere."

The patent that inspired the article (which you can see here) wasn't for spherical homes, but rather for "Methods Of Making Spherical Containers" that would "gases under pressure, volatile liquids and other fluids." The magazine took the idea and ran with it.

From the article:

A recent patent (No. 1,958,421) deals with pressing metal into shape in a curved container, and pumping in liquid under pressure to swell them out.

Should spherical houses come into favor, as modernistic architects predict, the shell of a house could be made thus; the necessary openings cut; and it would be rolled to the owner's lot as shown. Properly built-in fixtures would even stand such moving.

According to Novak: "It was common for magazines like Everyday Science and Mechanics and Electrical Experimenter to look at the recently filed patents and imagine what fantastical advancements of the future might be achieved." And we're glad they did — we get the kind of awesome visions of the future like the one at the top of this article.

Via Paleofuture

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