Klein Bottle House By McBride Charles Ryan


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.

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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.


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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