Thinking of creating a house on a steep slope to get a good view of the mountains like the Sierra Madre and Cordillera mountain ranges?
In a landslide-prone country like the Philippines, this design that interacts with steep slopes seamlessly is something architects and engineers can consider. Instead of using a singular, solid foundation, this particular house is designed with multiple foundations arranged like a flight of stairs, such that the base of the house adapts to the hill's slope.
The brainchild of a group of architects in Austria, this house is constructed in a way that gives you the illusion that it's sliding down the hill.
Designed by LP Architektu, the said house, known as the EFH Groth, makes good use of the steep slope. In order to make the black-cladded, asymmetrical home stable enough to stand on a sloping ground, the designers chose to build the house on three levels, with the house’s lowest level giving a spectacular view of the hillside of Lofer, Austria.
In order to disguise its layered built, the designers made use of a monochromatic black timber cladding for the house’s exterior, and designed the roof to be of the same angle as the slope it is standing on.
Architects in the Philippines can take notes on the design of this house, as it brings in new possibilities of creating stable houses along sloping areas.
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Photographs from LP Architektur