Why does A la Ronde have sixteen sides?

Have you ever wondered why A la Ronde has sixteen sides? Do you know what a sixteen sided shape is called? Find out more about this amazing property and the reasons why it was built this way.

Why does A la Ronde have so many sides?

In a world without electric lighting, the Parminter cousins relied on natural light to go about their daily routine. As the sun moved around the house, so did they. 


Early-morning light

The bedrooms faced east and were the first to be lit by the sun. Jane and Mary Parminter would rise and wash, ready to take breakfast, which was served at 9am in this period. Bedroom one is now the Study. The second bedroom, also facing east, was converted to the Music Room by the Reverend Oswald Reichel.


Starting the day the right way

The Library gets the best morning sun. The cousins would make use of the good light to take breakfast, write letters and paint watercolours.


Early-afternoon glow

The Parminters' Drawing Room, Lobby and Oval Sitting Room, were made into one large room by Reichel and it gets most light in early afternoon. Before his alterations, lobbies connected the Drawing Room to the Library and Dining Room.

What is a sixteen sided shape called?

A la Ronde is a sixteen sided house: a hexadecagonal house.