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Klein Bottle House (2008)


This weekend house is located on heavily ti-treed sand hills adjacent the ocean beach in Rye. 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. 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.


World Architecture Festival
Category Winner - World's Best House



Grand Designs

Best International Home


Australian Institute of Architects

National Annual Awards
2008 Robyn Boyd Award

New Residential Architecture


Australian Institute of Architects

Victorian Chapter Annual Awards
2008 Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award

New Residential Architecture


Dulux Colour Award
Winner: Residential Exterior