Dome House

Dome House

Architect
McBride Charles Ryan
Location
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2005
Category
Private Houses
John Gollings
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Exterior Grade CladdingVITRAGROUP
Vitrapanel Facade Wall Panel
Membrane roofingButynol
Doors and WindowsCapral
Glass TilesCERDOMUS
Masonry, Glazed BrickEuroa Clay Products
Coarse render, MultistoneMultitex Group

Product Spec Sheet
Exterior Grade Cladding
Vitrapanel Facade Wall Panel by VITRAGROUP
Membrane roofing
by Butynol
Doors and Windows
by Capral
Glass Tiles
Masonry, Glazed Brick
Coarse render, Multistone

Dome House

McBride Charles Ryan as Architects

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

photo_credit John Gollings
John Gollings

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

photo_credit John Gollings
John Gollings

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.

photo_credit John Gollings
John Gollings

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 colour and material expression, but share with the exterior a system of articulation based upon a cube or pixels.

photo_credit John Gollings
John Gollings

Fragments of the dome form garden seats, letterbox, fence and a sculptural meter enclosure. These fragments assist the viewer in interpreting the purity of the dome in contrast to the picturesque expression created through erosion.

photo_credit John Gollings
John Gollings

Material Used :
1. Facade cladding:  
Folded Seam Copper, Brand
Vitrapanel Exterior Grade Cladding
Polished Concrete with Dynacryl 820 Clear Acrylic Sealer

2. Doors: Capral
3. Windows: Capral

4. Roofing:
Folded seam Copper
Butynol membrane roofing

5. Exterior Walls: 
Masonry, Glazed Brick, Euroa
Masonry, Pressed Clinker Brick
Glass Tiles, Cerdomus
Coarse render, Renderoc, Parbury
Coarse render, Multistone, Multitex
Spotted Gum Timber Cladding stained with Prescham Clear Oil Finish

6. Paving: 
Urbanstone
RockNStone
City Tiler

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