Last month, we talked about New Zealand’s nature-inspired church built entirely from trees and plants. Well, this time around, the organic scope makes way for man-made wonderment in the form of the Dome House, located within a Paremoremo property (by the outskirts of Auckland). On closer inspection, one could identify the individual pieces of triangular panels that make up this geodesic dome. These were cut and assembled on-site (within a week), thus resulting in a purpose-built structure that fitted with the available floor and wall spaces. And as time is witness, the fabricated dwelling does hint at an engineering marvel of sorts, with the house surviving for almost 30 years while still maintaining its structural integrity.
Interestingly, there is more to the Dome House than just its architectural uniqueness – and much of it relates to its inhabitants. That is because the 2,023 sq m (or 21,700 sq ft) geodesic dwelling was the home to late Helen ‘Twink’ McCabe and her partner Noel Fuller. ‘Twink’ McCabe was known for her dedication to cats, and as such even introduced two new cat breeds to New Zealand: ocicat and munchkin cat. This feline ambit is quite appropriately demonstrated by a boutique cattery that is situated next-door to the Dome House.
Now, as for the current state of the Dome House, the residence is already sold to a new owner, by probably fetching a good price with its plywood exterior (complemented by a rimu interior) and fascinating form. And in case you are wondering about the interior design, do take a gander at some of the images below that aptly showcase the finesse of the previous home-owners.