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How to build a house which faces to both North and South only, but not other directions such as East and West and North East?

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    $\begingroup$ Almost any terraced house would do $\endgroup$ – Strawberry Aug 17 '17 at 11:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Strawberry should be an answer, not a comment ;-) $\endgroup$ – Joe Aug 17 '17 at 12:25
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    $\begingroup$ this seems a little broad. For example, what is meant by "Facing?" Don't most houses "face" only one direction, i.e. where the front door is? $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Aug 17 '17 at 15:15
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  • $\begingroup$ The edit did nothing to address the biggest question and source of ambiguity in this puzzle - as @MMAdams asked, "what is meant by 'Facing?'" Various answers here interpret this in different ways, with very different results. Without (at minimum) that clarity, this question is still not sufficiently defined to be reopened. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Aug 20 '17 at 5:01

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You could argue that the following house works:

enter image description here

Though:

whether anyone would let you build it is another question

Note:

in case it isn't clear from the picture, the 'outside' wall faces north everywhere since it faces away from the south pole, and the 'inside' wall faces south everywhere since it faces towards the south pole.

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    $\begingroup$ This reminds me oddly of a Biology class I took once. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Aug 17 '17 at 8:56
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    $\begingroup$ What on Earth is this o.O $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Aug 17 '17 at 11:48
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    $\begingroup$ Should be the accepted answer for the handdrawn red circles. $\endgroup$ – ksjohn Aug 17 '17 at 15:18
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You could do that in a town near me.

enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ How does this not face east and west? $\endgroup$ – djsmiley2k - CoW Aug 17 '17 at 13:30
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    $\begingroup$ If you built the house where I drew one, and faced in the direction that I drew, it would not be facing east or west. It would directly be facing North, and also be facing South (road), and also indirectly North (road). $\endgroup$ – Jamie Barker Aug 17 '17 at 13:52
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    $\begingroup$ @djsmiley2k A house is defined to "face" the direction of its front door. The front door of a house on the South side of South Rd would have a North-facing door on South Rd and would face no other directions. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Aug 17 '17 at 13:52
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    $\begingroup$ For those confused: North and South are names of things (streets in this case), not directions. Question should be tagged with wordplay as this is the accepted answer. $\endgroup$ – user1717828 Aug 17 '17 at 15:17
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You could simply

Make it hexagonal. Orient it so that one wall faces north, and one south. The Others will face NE, NW, SE, SW. None face due east or west.

Note: The question has been edited. This answer satisfied the original conditions but is no longer valid.
With the new conditions, it would be easy to

wait until the earth's core cools sufficiently (you could work on some of the unsolved pse puzzles to pass the time) and then build yourself a cylindrical house through the center of the earth with one end facing north and one end facing south. Easy peasy, if somewhat lacking in charm and airiness.

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  • $\begingroup$ Or almost any shape really $\endgroup$ – somebody Aug 18 '17 at 2:17
  • $\begingroup$ @somebody If it's regular, it has to have 2*X sides where X is an odd number. If it's irregular, any number of sides greater than 3. (So that you can still have one side facing north and one facing south.) $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 18 '17 at 4:16
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You build a house all the way around the world at the equator. Then there are only 2 outer walls, facing north and south. If you go east or west inside the house, you will come back to where you started and never encounter an outer wall.

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    $\begingroup$ Why the equator $\endgroup$ – somebody Aug 17 '17 at 7:59
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    $\begingroup$ @somebody it doesn't strictly have to be at the equator, as long as the house loops around, and the north and south poles are on different sides. The equator was just the simplest to describe. $\endgroup$ – Kruga Aug 17 '17 at 8:04
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    $\begingroup$ This is then essentially the same as boboquack's answer, except he kept it small by putting it near a pole. $\endgroup$ – Jaap Scherphuis Aug 17 '17 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ @JaapScherphuis I had literally no idea what I was looking at with that answer. This one is much more clear and gives a specific example (at the equator) instead of just any equi-latitude circle. $\endgroup$ – user1717828 Aug 17 '17 at 15:19
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A stretched out house that tapers to points on the east and west would only have two faces, north and south.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's... actually quite ingenious, I hadn't thought of that. +1, and welcome to PSE! $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Aug 17 '17 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ This one was my first thought -- and far more buildable than most of the other answers. I don't personally count a hexagonal house as completely not facing E-W . $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Aug 17 '17 at 19:18
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Build a house that faces North, South, East and West. Then build two more houses, immediately ajoining the first, on the East and West sides.

The result:

The first house now faces North and South, but without any outside walls on its sides, it will not be facing East or West

credit to Strawberry for the idea.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for a realistic answer. So realistic that it happens often in reality. $\endgroup$ – Pere Aug 17 '17 at 19:18
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Follow the fashion for environmentally friendly houses.

Build the house through a hill, so that it only has two external walls and the sides are inside the hill. This gives good heat insulation, making it energy-efficient.

I have actually seen a house like this, although I don't have photos.

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  • $\begingroup$ Great minds think alike... $\endgroup$ – AndyT Aug 17 '17 at 15:21
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    $\begingroup$ @AndyT, especially when they've both passed close to VH many times... $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Aug 17 '17 at 15:22
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If you built a house where

The north facing wall is straight, and the south facing wall is also straight, but the east and west walls curve in semi-circles, that house could be said to face both North and South, but not East or West.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure about curves (there's at least one point that's due East/West), but a hexagon might work. The walls would face North and South (and North-east, North-west, South-east and South-west) but not (due) East and (due) West. $\endgroup$ – R.M. Aug 17 '17 at 14:15
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Build this, exactly centered on the North (resp. South) Pole:

enter image description here

All inner windows face North (resp. South), all outer ones face South (resp. North).

The house is square and symmetrical; the fourth wall is not visible in the drawing.

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Make the house like a lean-to, with the "leans" facing north and south. the east and west sides do not have any faces (they are open), so it doesn't technically face in those directions...

enter image description here

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I have an idea

We can build a house (but perhaps it is uninhabitable !!)... in such a way that circular roof points to East and a circular floor points to West and have doors / windows on North and South sides.

That satisfies your requirements perhaps!!

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I assure these houses are facing north and south i live there :) HERE IS AN EXAMPLE

Map here

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    $\begingroup$ Is this Wile E Coyote's preferred online mapping software? $\endgroup$ – user1717828 Aug 17 '17 at 15:20
  • $\begingroup$ here in morocco we can't use google satellite images, without using VPN, so i prefer using this. $\endgroup$ – Nordinator Aug 17 '17 at 15:26
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Build a house on the equator shaped like an almond--the long axis runs along the equator and the house protrudes north and south of the equator while tapering down to a point when the north and south walls meet on the equator. Your house now only faces north and south. puzzle answer

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  • $\begingroup$ Why the equator $\endgroup$ – somebody Aug 18 '17 at 2:21
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A

Space station should fulfill these requirements if it orbits around the equator.
It always faces the North and the South as in northern and southern hemisphere of Earth.

Apparently a compass works in outer space though.

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  • $\begingroup$ And why would a house directly under the space station not work? $\endgroup$ – somebody Aug 18 '17 at 2:22

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