In the early 1970’s, two men in Austin, Texas decided to do something bold. Dalton Bloom, the project’s patron, wanted to create an extraordinary place that would last forever. Charles Harker, the project’s architect, wanted to design something unique. Together, they created the Bloomhouse, the most unusual home in the world.
Built in the hills of West Austin, the Bloomhouse represents the symbiotic interaction of man and nature. Its organic shape, rising from the earth, mimics the flow of the air, the curve of the wind, and the gentle rise and fall of nature’s melody. Harker’s curvilinear designs are simultaneously familiar and fantastic.
The Bloomhouse was constructed with unusual methods and materials starting with basic shapes formed with steel rebar, coated in layers of polyurethane foam, sculpted with a hand-held pruning saw over a seven-month period, and finished with layers of concrete stucco both inside and out. The result is a structure that is remarkably well-insulated and eco-friendly.
In the late 70’s or early 80’s, Charles Harker was interviewed on Good Morning America about the Bloomhouse and its cousin, the Earth House – a similar structure located near the intersection of Bee Cave Road and Loop 360. The Earth House was never completed and was demolished in the early 1990s to make way for the Village at Westlake shopping center. Read more about it on page 3 of this newsletter.