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Architects love non-vertical-horizontal edges and some even build buildings that appear to be at a non-vertical orientation. But this plan is that the entire building be constructed at a 45° angle to the horizontal.
Walls and windows can easily be angled at 45° but what about floors? Well I propose
that all floors take the form of staircases so that humans can navigate them with ease. I also propose "landings" which are kind of small horizontal floors (horizontal relative to the World, 45° relative the the building of course)
Now the genius of this proposal is that the building can be constructed as a fiendish 3D maze. We now have corridors that are staircases, and we have corridors without steps which run diagonally through the building (i.e. remaining horizontal to the outside world).
The floors would be numbered conventionally (basement, ground, first, second etc.) both so as to confuse foreigners but also one "floor" would run diagonally relative to the outside world.
There could be lifts which run between floors, but naturally enough they would be constructed like funicular railways so that they run parallel to the walls of the buildings.
Doors would be counterbalanced so they they could open and close normally. I suppose all doors should open towards the uphill diagonal of the building so that a person falling against a door would not knock it open.
(I had to start my search somewhere vaguely familiar...) [neutrinos_shadow, Feb 28 2022]
Not tilted floors
But "tilted" outside [neutrinos_shadow, Feb 28 2022]
Interesting angled building in Macao
[tatterdemalion, Mar 01 2022]
inside a 45° room
gravity problems [calum, Mar 01 2022]
||I can see someone popping outside for a smoke, sitting on
a bungee swing over the abyss.
||Not a great idea, but definitely halfbaked so have a little crumb [+]
||How about making the angle a little less steep? A staircase
with a slope of 45 degrees doesn't meet code. The
steepest allowed by International Building Code is 32.47
degrees. With that, you can make a building that looks
almost but not quite like an equilateral triangle.
||This design makes it hard to be wheelchair accessible. The
maximum slope for a ramp that meets ADA requirements
(Americans with Disabilities Act; sorry I'm not familiar with
the international equivalent) is 1:12, and requires a landing
for every 30 inches of vertical
drop. If the hallway is 6 feet wide, the landing must be 6
feet long, so each ramp can be 360 inches long with a 72
inch landing, making the slope 30:432 or a tilt of 3.97
degrees: not nearly as impressive as 45 degrees, but still
quite noticeable. Interestingly enough, this is the same as
the current angle of the leaning tower of Pisa.
||Now the question is whether to have individual rooms with
level floors or floors to match the angle of the building. If
you have level floors in each room (which does make the
building a bit more usable), you could have the building
angled tipped 3.97 degrees on two axis, giving it an overall
angle of I think 5.6 degrees. This building should of course
be built at the corner of two roads that both have this
same slope so it is perpendicular to the both roads.
Alternately, it could be built opposite the slope of the road
to exaggerate the angle.
Every "floor" is an escalator or conveyor belt? Furniture can be
||[tatterdemalion], that Macao building is actually symmetrical;
the other side flares out like that too (but it is a pretty neat