Owner of the bubble house Graham Birchall likes a challenge.
Owner of the bubble house Graham Birchall likes a challenge. Sarah Harvey

A sneaky peek inside bubble house

IT HAS taken 28 years to build and is arguably the most fascinating home in Ipswich.

Yet its owner had no idea how much it cost to construct, how much it was worth and better yet – he said it would never be finished.

Welcome to the bubble house, a Karalee wonder built by Booval architect Graham Birchall that resembles a set in a Stanley Kubrick film.

Mr Birchall began designing the house as his thesis for his architecture degree in 1983.

The bubble house is comprised of 11 domes, 16 rooms, including several spa bath ensuites, a fireplace which emits multi-coloured smoke, two kitchens, an in-house waterfall that acts as an air-conditioning unit, a multi-level cinema and a driving range on the back porch that overlooks the Bremer River.

When asked why he built the house in such a bizarre fashion, Mr Birchall replied: “To see if I could”.

“I love the challenges of architecture, because you can essentially do anything your mind conjures – you just have to figure out how,” Mr Birchall said.

“Domes actually make sense because it means benches do not take up floor space as the dome curves under them.

“I just think of unique ideas for the house when I’m going to sleep and then I set out to try and make them work. It can take a while but it’s always do-able.”

The entire house is rigged with security cameras which can be operated through a mobile phone.

“I can even open the front gate just by sending the gate a text. Same with the lights and cameras, they can all be turned on and off through my mobile phone,” Mr Birchall said.

Birchall Architects is the primary designer for all Ford showrooms across Australia and is building Ipswich Grammar School’s junior school.

His construction manager Frank Maugham said Mr Birchall was a “true visionary”.

“I have neve met a more lateral thinker in my life,” Mr Maugham said.



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