“Klein Bottle” Weekend House by McBride Charles Ryan


Klein Bottle House designed by Australian studio McBride Charles Ryan

Klein Bottle House is a weekend house 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.


Project Info:

Architect: McBride Charles Ryan – Rob McBride & Debbie-Lyn Ryan
Location: Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Project Team: Drew Williamson, Fang Cheah
Clients / Builders: Donna & Mark
Constructed Area: 258 sqm
Photographs: John Gollings


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

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