The Rounded Domicile

As angular as the code’s CBA architectural style is, both in the conventional 3D rectilinearity of its walls and floors, and in the asymmetric tilted-box appearance of its roof, it is easy to forget that these derive from cubes built from spheres, an essence that may manifest in key ways in a CBA home.

But first, focus is on the celestial co-cube’s projection to earth. Where any of the projection’s earth-facing planes intersect earth’s surface, the resulting form common to both elements is the circle. This circle then naturally informs the CBA’s rectilinear guidelines as a kind of background influence.

Co-Cube Circular Interface

Although the cube-based abode is typically biased toward east/west elongation to follow its asymmetric roof’s ridgeline (and enhance its passive solar prospects), the central living area may express inherent roundedness with an open radial layout of concentric circles that together comprise what might be termed a modest “grand room.”

Seasonal Living Center

At the very center of this layout might situate an elevated 4-season masonry construct that accommodates a ceramic gas furnace or woodstove in the colder months; a rock waterfall in the summer months; and a planter in the months between the extremes. Obviously, all these elements would have to be cartable. Bench seating would surround the pad; and outward from this, access to cooking, dining, and living areas. Sleeping and bathing areas are relegated beyond “the circle” to either end of the domicile’s elongation. Thus the circle generally influences a layout in which the details are rectilinear.

Co-cube Projection CirclesAnother way in which inherent spheres manifest is more explicit. It is derived from the fact of the celestial cube being built from spheres; and that since the cube is uniformly divisble according to its instrinsic pattern in any arbitrary way, each pattern intersection potentially represents the center of a sphere of any size. Cylinders resulting from vertically stacked spheres bisected by the cube’s horizontal planes offer guidelines for rounding specific constructs like the aforementioned seasonal center, the seating wrapped around it, tables in the full circle sense, or quarter rounding of rectangular surfaces.

CBS Circular OverarchingThe 3rd and last way roundedness comes into play is appreciated by regarding the rotation of both celestial cube projections relative to each other in profile. The overarching circle of such a cross-section suggests a vertical dimension to the open rounded layout of the “grand room”.

The asymmetry of the cross-section suggests a natural way to partition the area into zones: low, dark, and cozy without need of full headroom (sitting, lounging, etc.) situates at the back and complements the high, light, and airiness of the front.

CBS Longitudinal Interior Zones

Although the roof is left open to the ridge in the living areas, the upper realms of the east/west elongation would be an apt place for situating sleeping lofts. These semi-private constructs, accessed by stairs angled according to roof slopes, are perched above either bona fide private bed or bath rooms, closets, etc. – while being able to partake of the grand room’s general open roundness.

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