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Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

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Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

The walls of this house in Australia by architects McBride Charles Ryan have origami-like facets and folds.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

Located on the south coast, the holiday home is named after the Klein Bottle, which is the mathematical term for a surface with an indefinable left, right, top or bottom.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

Rooms angle around a central courtyard and step upwards to negotiate the inclining landscape.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

On the facade, outer surfaces are painted black while recesses are finished in different shades of white and pale grey.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

The residence was named best house at the 2011 World Architecture Festival Awards, which took place in Barcelona back in November.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

 

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

Photography is by John Gollings.

Here’s some more information about the project from McBride Charles Ryan:


Klein Bottle House

The Klein bottle is a descriptive model of a surface developed by topological mathematicians. Klein bottle, mobius strips, boy surfaces, unique surfaces that while they may be distorted remain topologically the same. I.e. a donut will remain topologically a donut if you twist and distort it, it will only change topologically if it is cut.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

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.

Klein Bottle House by McBride Charles Ryan

This holiday house is situated on the Mornington Peninsula 1.5 hrs drive from Melbourne. It is located within the tee–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 resulting FC version also has a comforting relationship to the tradition of the Aussie cement sheet beach house).

Flavaboom fro-yo shop by Dune, New York

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Flavaboom by Dune New York Flavaboom fro yo shop by Dune, New York

Flavaboom, a new frozen yogurt shop in Chelsea, brings the art of summertime desserts to a scientific level. Designed by New York-based Dune, a firm best known for its colorful amorphous furniture, the concept for the prototype store is an ultramodern laboratory, complete with futuristic details.

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The 1500-square foot shop features a 30-foot long topping bar and glossy white walls. Dune incorporated energy-efficient lighting, such as metal halide fixtures and an LED illumination system that surrounds a wall of self-serve yogurt machines. The LED display projects hundreds of “light show” variations that are visible not only to customers but also to pedestrians outside through a large plate-glass window.

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To maximize space for circulation, Dune developed “floating” seating nooks. Framed in vibrant pink faux-leather (a new vinyl formulation that is both PVC-free and graffiti-proof), each cantilevered seat is backed by plum-hued mirrors that add a sense of depth. “There is an indestructible quality to the materials.” said Richard Shemtov, Dune president and founder. “Being eco-conscience means not needing to redo a project. Longevity was a key factor.”

by Miriam Dreiblatt

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Photography by Albert Vecerka

 

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

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Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Spanish architect Javier Peña of Xpiral has completed two houses in Murcia, Spain, with the lower volume built from stacked ceramic wine racks.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Called Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada, the project comprises two residences, with one cantilevered above the other.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Some of the holes in the wine racks that make up the lower level are plugged with coloured ceramic tiles.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Photographs are by David Frutos.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Here’s some more information, written by María José Marcos:


Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada (2004-2009)

The two houses are built in height, using the full width of the parcel.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

The architect named this concept as “vivienda atresada”, exploring the concept of geminated houses in height.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

The house that develops from the facade of the main street is named as house of the ´land´, while the house “sky” is facing the mountain.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

The innovative facade is made wine rack made of ceramics with circular tiles that close the holes of the wine racks, controling the visual and climate permeability of the house.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

These ceramic pieces are an innovative design of Xpiral Office.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Architect: Javier Peña. XPIRAL

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Program: two private houses

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Collaborators: Jesús Galera.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Year: 2009

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Client: Private.

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Location: Torreagüera, MURCIA, SPAIN

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral

Torreagüera Vivienda Atresada by Xpiral