Moebius House is the family house in Sydney, Australia, that faces onto views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Moebius House explores elastic home design with micro changes to design criteria, a more environmentally sensitive form of design called ‘micro design’. Micro design utilises parametric modelling software which can respond to very small changes to design input criteria. The unique form is a response to the requirements to maintain view and solar corridors.
Tony Owen Architects started by responding to the site with a series of movements which folded and twisted the space in order to maximise the changes of level, view opportunities and potential for connectivity to outside spaces at various ground planes. They created a dynamic model capable of responding to changes in these variables and allowed the models to run in real time. Thearchitects then stopped the model when they felt they had a model which satisfied their concerns. The house has a fluidity of space which is a direct result of having a strong relationship with the surrounding landscape. Due to the complex geometry of this house and the need for such fine tolerances, we had to evolve a completely new system of fabrication and assembly for this house which more closely resembled that of a car.