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"Butterfly House"

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Category: Architectural

Ed Lippmann
Australia
website: www.lippmann.com.au


Description: This 420 sq. m. house was designed for a Chinese property developer who insisted that the house have "no straight lines" to attract good "chi" in accordance with Feng Shui principles. The result was a voluptuous sculptural form which has been widely and critically acclaimed. The house's curved forms, aluminium and glass skin appears surreal in its setting. The two wings of the butterfly - living wing facing west over Sydney Harbour, the other bedroom wing facing east over the Pacific Ocean - with the central glazed stair extracts hot air from the interior. The curved free form glass facade employs the most up to date technology in its fabrication and installation. Overhangs to the north facade provide passive solar protection to the substantial glazed walls.


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