South Australia most bizarre Rolling Cube Home
SHANE Hendriks likes to think outside the square, but prefers to live inside a cube.
The Port Elliot house designer and builder is turning heads with his latest effort, based on a rolling cube.
"I decided on a cubism design element just to do something completely different," he said. Royal Australian Institute of Architects SA president Andrew Vorrasi said the design looked a "little bit odd".
"In fairness, though, it depends how it all comes together when it's completed," he said.
Mr Vorrasi said people were becoming more "design savvy" but this house was unique.
Not everyone is enamoured with the design, with one local describing it as a "plane crash", saying: "It's hard to judge now but you have to say it looks a little ugly."
The partly built three-bedroom home has energy-efficient features, including thermal walls made from hebel – a form of aerated concrete – and wall vents. "I wanted to take it to the extremes and really challenge myself from an engineering and conceptual point of view," Mr Hendriks said.
The architect, who has his own business, Advanced Building Constructions, started the project in July last year and spends his weekends working on the house.
He planned to finish the building by the end of the year and move in with his wife and children, who had been "very supportive and generous".