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Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan (AU)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 21.03.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

Inspired by the complex topology of Klein bottle, which, in mathematics is described as a ‘non-orientable, closed surface with only one side, formed by passing one end of a tube through the side of the tube and joining it to the other end,’ architects Rob McBride and Debbie-Lyn Ryan of the Australian architectural practice McBride Charles Ryan have developed this experimental and highly expressive holiday house located less than 100 km away from Melbourne, among the sand dunes of the Mornington Peninsula. Covering a total floor area of 258-square-meters, the black and white, origami-like residence encompasses three bedrooms, a separate living and recreation area and two terraces overlooking the surrounding national park.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

More about the project:

 

‘The surfaces that mathematicians have developed hold intrigue for architects as they hold a promise of new spatial relationships and configurations. Technology (CAD) has played an important part in all this, it is now more possible to efficiently describe more complex shapes and spaces and communicate these to the build. Previously the more orthogonal means of communication – plans, sections and elevations naturally encourage buildings which are more easily described in these terms, i.e. boxes.

 

‘The house revolves around a central courtyard, a grand regal stair connecting all the levels. There is a sense of both being near and far to all occupants. Its endless, curling shell-like quality particularly in the tee tree brings about a comforting togetherness.’

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

‘The black perimeter to the house – (other than where the panoramic windows encapsulate the internal and external vista), is deliberate and important. The black walls highlight and accentuate the beautiful wild natural surroundings. The black internally has the effect of framing a view of nature, giving one the feeling that from inside the house has landed within a natural wonderland. We did not want any distraction from this, and the black paint aids the power of the ti tree surroundings. It is the ideal weekend getaway for the inhabitants who can immerse themselves in nature in stark contrast to their busy city lives.’

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; photo by John Gollings

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; plan

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; north elevation

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; south elevation

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan; east elevation

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