Dome House courtyard

The Dome House design by McBride Charles Ryan started as a sphere but, as is evident from the image above, was radically deconstructed to accommodate the actual spatial needs of the architecture. The remaining pieces of the shell provide some privacy and enclosure to this incredibly funky home design.

Dome House from rear
Dome House geometric facade

This mathematical puzzle theme is carried through the property and into the enclosure and finally the house itself. While the interior is not quite as impressively offbeat as the exterior it does make for a more livable space. The project also includes various green design strategies including gray-water rain storage and solar power. Of course, these are hardly noticeable against the incredibly varied design of the building’s facades and roof.

Dome House interior
Dome House terrace

From the architects:

“This project is a home in Hawthorn designed to accommodate at the various stages of its life, a family, a single person and a single person with a large visiting family. The project explores the configuration of domestic space within an established leafy inner suburb.”

“McBride Charles Ryan had experimented with the fragmented sphere since the early 1990s. The desire to generate new architectural form through the cutting, fragmentation and erosion of a ‘pure architecture’ is a formal strategy with some parallels to the work of Gordon Matta-Clark.”

Dome House driveway

“In this project, the copper clad sphere is partially buried, and then eroded internally, and at on the north and south sides to create two different gardens. The central ground floor space is detailed as a continuation of the exterior gardens, and all other spaces are either arched over or dispersed around this main space.”

“The eroded external faces of the dome are treated in materials which vary in texture, colour and scale. By contrast, the walls and ceiling of surrounding rooms within the dome are absent of color and material expression but share with the exterior a system of articulation based upon a cube or pixels.”