Design Notebook by Sias SA

A house with no boundary

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Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan Architects, photography by John Gollings.

Klein Bottle house by Mc Bridge Charles Ray Architects is a weekend house located in Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Inspired by the site, engulfed in tee-treed sand hills adjacent ocean beach Ray, the architects experimented with spiral, shell-like forms to propose a structure that nestles within its surroundings and evokes coastal allusions.

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Klein bottle configuration.

By passing the spiral configuration back through itself, the house has become an inhabitable version of an abstract geometry, the Klein bottle model. The Klein bottle model describes a surface with no boundary, one that contains itself. In applying this configuration to their structure, the architects have created a staircase that winds up around an inner courtyard, picking up the different rooms of the house as it ascends, to end up in the living room area. This rectilinear paltform that ascends and revolves, unlocks a set of new sequential spatial experiences and relationships.

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Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan Architects, photography by John Gollings.

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Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan Architects, photography by John Gollings.

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Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan Architects, photography by John Gollings.

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Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan Architects, photography by John Gollings.

Topology Mathematic models like Klein bottle or Möbius Strip, have long fascinated architects for holding promise of investigating new spatial devices and configurations. Computer aided design has played an important role in conceptualizing and realizing such complex forms as Klein Bottle house or Möbius house by Ben van Berkel, UNStudio Architects. Klein Bottle house’s sophisticated structure is supported on timber stud frame and cladded in cement sheeting, remaining true to traditional Australian cement sheet beach houses.

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Klein Bottle House by Mc Bride Charles Ryan Architects, photography by John Gollings.

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Site plan.

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Floorplan. 1. Foyer 2. Courtyard 3. Laundry 4. Rumpus 5. Bedroom 6. Bedroom 7. Master Bedroom 8. Living / Dining 9. East Deck 10. North Deck.

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Courtryard Section. 1. Bedroom 2. Stairway 3. Courtyard 4. Storage.

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Long Stair Section. 1. Rumpus 2. Stairway 3. Ensuite 4. Master Bedroom 5. North Deck.

source: Mc Bride Charles Ryan Architects