The Butterfly House: Designed Without any Straight Lines

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Architecture firm Lippmann Partnership has designed a unique structure known as the Butterfly House in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

The house, which features a unique design without any straight lines, has been recently listed for sale by BHR Estate Agents for a whopping $5,500,000.

“More than a decade after the well-known Dover Heights residence broke new ground with its curved walls and glass structure, the home is complete with the most advanced home automation, a world-class cinema and fittings that give this property international qualities rarely seen in this country,” said BHR director Daniel Baran.

The building’s most striking feature is that it features all curved lines, having been designed connect more closely with nature in keeping with Feng Shui teachings.

The Butterfly House

In 1996, architect Ed Lippmann received a request to design a house with no straight lines. At first, he did not believe the request was serious but the client was a firm believer in Feng Shui and on how spatial arrangement affects energy flow.

The result, after countless hours of hard work and collaboration between the architect and the customer, was a residence the likes of which had never before been seen in Australia, with no harsh angles or corners. Work on the house was completed in 2005.

The initial owner sold the house before the finishes were completed, and Lippmann worked with the current owner to complete the final details.

“The Butterfly House masterpiece is now complete,” he said.

The Butterfly House

Views towards the Opera House, the city skyline and the Bridge

At present, the 480 square metre house has six split levels featuring five bedrooms, each of which is strategically placed to enjoy the amazing ocean views, while the living area takes full advantage of views towards the Opera House, the city skyline and the Bridge.

The residence is north facing, allowing the sunlight to flow throughout the home and the central staircase is part of the stack cooling natural ventilation system which, along with the high thermal mass, allows the house to be energy efficient.

The lower levels feature a fully equipped gymnasium, a basement garage and a service area topped by two “butterfly wings” above. The house boasts two kitchens, one of which is on the upper level and was designed as an entertainer’s island kitchen. In addition, there is a terrace on the rooftop with motorized louvers and a heated swimming pool on the first floor with swim jets and spa flows from the living area.

The Butterfly House

Interior – Kitchen and living area

“It’s not really a house. It’s a piece of sculpture that works as a house,” Lippmann said.

“In terms of a house this is the most outstanding I’ve done as it doesn’t follow any normal structure. This house changes the way the people inside it feel – it has an intangible quality that comes from the fluid shapes. There is no other house like it in Australia.”

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