Moebius House Sydney

The abstract shapes of Moebius House called for a completely new system of fabrication and assembly by the architect.  The house was designed by Tony Owens Partners.
Early on it became apparent that this house would have to be detailed and documented entirely in three dimensions. The steel frame house is clad in metal panels that were pre-cut in China, in a process resembling automotive assembly.
With views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, this family home maximizes the light, space, ventilation and views of its tight site. Exploring a more environmentally sensitive form of design called ‘micro design.
The practice used parametric modeling software that can respond to very small changes in design input criteria to capitalize on the site’s natural attributes and minimize overshadowing and the impact upon neighbours’ views.
Responding to the site with a series of movements that folded and twisted the space in order to maximise the changes of level, view opportunities and potential for connectivity to outside spaces.
The team created a dynamic model that was capable of responding to changes in these variables and allowed the models to run in real time.
The fluidity of space is a direct result of having a strong relationship with the surrounding landscape.  In a traditional house the walls and floors are built first, and then the roof is added, the moebius house was assembled around a chasis like a car, would be, first the chasis is assembled on site, then the pre-formed metal cladding panels were attached to the chasis to create a monocot shell.  The house was wired and plumbed like a car, with the electrical, air-conditioning and services all wired through the chasis.  The kitchen even resembles a car dashboard!  This is a unique architect designed home and a landmark of contemporary design.