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- Photography by John Gollings
- Architect McBride Charles Ryan
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Located on heavily ti-treed sand hills near an ocean beach, the house was required to make a minimal impression on the tree-line and landscape. The spiral configuration is a spatial device which responds to the difficult topography. It is also a figure rich in coastal allusions. With on shift and a twist, the spiral was passed back through itself, and became the mathematical concept of the Klein Bottle.
This collapsing of the spiral provided an intense and coincidental entry and journey end point. The contents of the bottle are a rectilinear platform and walls which make the concept inhabitable. Externally the building is mostly cement sheet, a material associated with 1960s beach houses, supported on a ubiquitous timber stud frame pushed to its physical limit.
*Project Team Members*
Rob McBride, Debbie Ryan, Drew Williamson, Fang Cheah
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.