No place like dome: Unique Auckland house gallery

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The dome house in Paremoremo, Auckland, was home to the late Twink McCabe for around 30 years and is now up for sale.

The dome house in Paremoremo, Auckland, was home to the late Twink McCabe for around 30 years and is now up for sale.

The dome house in Paremoremo, Auckland, was home to the late Twink McCabe for around 30 years and is now up for sale.

The interior is composed of triangles all built by hand.

The furniture inside had to be custom built to fit around the shape of the floors and walls.

The house is easily heated, one of the benefits of living in a dome.

The cottage next door was used as a cattery and there are still enclosures below the dome.

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Nestled alongside the water's edge in Auckland sits the dome home.

The geodesic Paremoremo property might look like something out of a science fiction movie but it was the creation and home of the late Helen 'Twink' McCabe and partner Noel Fuller.

The house, and the 2023-square-metre section it sits on, is up for sale.

The Chatham Ave property will be auctioned  later this month.
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The Chatham Ave property will be auctioned later this month.

Twink's children, Sean and Tamara McCabe, now own the home and say while it's not everyone's cup of tea, there will be those who appreciate the design.

"It's stood the test of time, was well built and it's still as sturdy as when it was first put together," Sean says. "From an engineering point of view it was a success.

"It was quite a courageous move to do something like that."

Twink McCabe sitting outside the cottage which she turned into a cattery.
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Twink McCabe sitting outside the cottage which she turned into a cattery.

Barfoot & Thompson real estate agent Peter Dunne says the property has had a lot of attention so far, but some are more interested in the section and would build a new house.

The house was dreamed up in the mid 1980s. Twink and Noel worked with architect John Ridge to design it.

The site was originally their family bach, with a small cottage and an orchard. 

They built the dome house and moved in. Twink lived in there for 30 years.

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The house is designed around a series of triangles individually cut. Its exterior is plywood, and interior, rimu.

It took years to make all the triangles and get everything they needed, but Sean says it only took around a week for them to assemble.

"It's quite neat," he says. "Everything had to be handmade and purpose-built because they have to be made to fit the wall and shape of the floor."

The Chatham Ave property will be auctioned at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, on August 13 unless sold prior.

To view the house phone Peter Dunne on 021 875 978.

Original homeowner Twink McCabe:

Twink McCabe was a dedicated cat breeder and introduced two new cat breeds to New Zealand, the ocicat and munchkin cat.

The cottage on the property was used as a cattery which Twink ran for around 20 years.

The site is still set up as a cattery and there is a cat park below the house with more enclosures.

 - Stuff

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