7 creative, circular self-build homes

Explore these exceptional self builds with rounded structures and curved walls.

By Hugh Metcalf | 16 June 2020

These self-builders worked with outside of the box-thinking architects to create homes not limited by traditional straight lines.

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Image: Hélène Binet

There’s something about a home with a circular form, rounded walls or curves that captures the imagination – something that says this house is something extraordinary – so it’s no wonder that some of the most iconic self-builds featured on Grand Designs over the years have been unique circular structures.

From Grand Designs TV homes to inspiring projects that have captured the collective imagination of late, take a look at these 7 self-builds with exceptionally engineered round forms.

Ten Oaks Farm, Kirkland Fraser Moor

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Image: Kirkland Fraser Moor architects 

From above, Ten Oak Farm is a series of concentric circles around a central courtyard, while from the ground its tilting roof creates playful views

The house is part of a larger farm site, which echoes the crop circle-like shapes in its layout, yet the design marries this super modern design with traditional building materials such as these red clay bricks to bring the structure back down to earth.

Vex, Chance de Silva & Scanner

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Image: Hélène Binet

Previously a neighbourhood fly-tpping hotspot, Chance de Silva architects saw an opportunity to create an experimental build. The curved form reduces the volume of the building from the street and allows it to be pulled forward in front of the building line to take better advantage of the views.

Each floor has a separate fluid shape and size, stacked at different angles with windws at different orientations. The texture of the curved, fluted concrete created by using boat-like formwork adds to the rawness of the exterior.