Klein Bottle House By McBride Charles Ryan

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McBride Charles Ryan mixes up sculpture and architecture for his showstopping Klein Bottle House in Rye.

This weekend house is located on heavily ti-treed sand hills adjacent the ocean beach in Rye, Australia. Its spiral configuration is a spatial device which responds to the difficult topography, it is also a figure rich in coastal allusions. By passing the spiral back through itself the house has become the mathematical concept of the Klein Bottle.

More info: McBride Charles Ryan (h/t: archiscene)

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This strategy has unlocked a new series of relationships and sequential spatial experience. The ‘contents’ of the ‘bottle’ are a rectilinear platform and walls which make the abstract geometry inhabitable. A dramatic stair winds around an internal courtyard picking up the bedrooms of the house as it ascends, the journey ending in the great living room.

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Externally the building is predominantly clad in cement sheeting, simultaneously recalling both folded origami, tents and the ubiquitous ‘fibro-shack’. The building is supported on a traditional timber stud frame – pushed to its physical limit.

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