This is a project by McBride Charles Ryan and it is located at Rye, Victoria, Australia. Project's program: Holiday home. There are fourteen images for Klein Bottle House.
The Klein Bottle is a descriptive model of a surface developed by topological mathematicians. This unique surface, that while may be distorted remains topologically the same. That is, a donut will remain topologically a donut if you twist and distort it, it will only change topologically if it is cut.
The surfaces that mathematicians have developed hold intrigue for architects as they hold a promise of new spatial relationships and configurations. Technology (CAD) has played an important part in all this, it is now more possible to efficiently describe more complex shapes and spaces and communicate these to the build. Previously the more orthogonal means of communication — plans, sections and elevations naturally encourage buildings which are more easily described in these terms, i.e. boxes.
This holiday house is situated on the Mornington Peninsula 1. 5 hours drive from Melbourne. It is located within the ti-tree on the sand dunes, a short distance from the wild 16th beach. From the outset MCR wanted a building that nestled within the tree line. That talked about journey and the playfulness of holiday time. What began as a spiral or shell like building developed into a more complex spiral, the Klein Bottle. MCR were keen to be topologically true to the Klein Bottle but it had to function as a home. We thought an origami version of the bottle would be achievable and hold some ironic fascination.
The house revolves around a central courtyard, a grand regal stair connecting all the levels. There is a sense of both being near and far to all occupants. Its endless, curling shell-like quality particularly in the ti-tree brings about a comforting togetherness.