13 Dec HOUSES ON SLOPES
Houses on Slopes. Sometimes we find our dream plot, in the perfect place and with the perfect views, but it has such a steep slope that we are not sure whether you can even building anything in there… Strange as it may sound, in a place like Spain, with such a pronounced orography, this is a very common situation. Here you’ll find some examples of houses built on slopes, with different approaches. We also encourage you to browse through our catalogue of built houses because you will find more than one similar to these. Cheer up and take advantage of the slope in your land for your home!!
1. HOUSE IN WYHLEN, GERMANY
This house, designed by Swiss architect Gian Salis, takes advantage of the steep slope to create two divided floors. Ground floor has a small yard in front of the building, that opens to the garage and a workshop. Continuing with the slope, we can reach the upper part of the house that leads to the first floor, where the bedrooms are. Here, a large terrace creates a space between the entrance zone and the living room and gives amazing views over the city as well as a balcony on top of the yard.
2. BISHAMON HOUSE, HIROSHIMA, JAPAN
A total different way of solving the slope in our land would be holding the building on two pillars, acting as “legs” of the house, giving free space in the lower volume and connecting the garage and the building. In this case, the pillars create a big metallic “A” that can be seen from both sides of the house. On the other hand, we can keep the housing part on the first floor, what gives us a simpler access to the entrance and shows great views over the city with a large terrace surrounding the bedrooms.
3. HOUSE IN BREGENZ, AUSTRIA
Another possibility to solve a slopped garden would be building the house standing directly on the ground, as it has been done in this building, signed by architect Christian Tonkin in Bregenz, Austria. In this case, the building has an angled body with the shape of a tick and ends on a large glazed wall as a panoramic window. This way, it minimizes the visual impact of the building over the land and tries to take advantage of the views. It’s a small house with all the rooms in one floor.
4. COUNTRY HOUSE IN CUENCA, SPAIN
Here we have another beautiful example of using the slope in our garden. In this case, it is a country house divided into two stories with approx. 145 square metres. They have taken advantage of the slope to create the two floors and it has a series of boulder bearing walls to stop the slope that are part of the garden and building design. Traditional materials have been used, as wood and stone, making the building similar to local constructions. On the other hand, wide open windows and a large terrace give it light, combining modernity and tradition in the same building.
5. ECOLOGICAL TOURISTIC HOUSE IN GUATAPÉ, ANTIOQUÍA, COLOMBIA
Our last example is a house located in a rural-ecological touristic zone near Medellin, in Colombia and it is inspired by the traditional Colombian houses of raised architecture. In this case, the house is embedded in the ground, being part underground and another part to the sight. The roof is covered in the same grass as the hill to give a sensation of continuity. It becomes a great look-out, emerging from the hill and never irrupting against the landscape. The façade at the front has panoramic windows to enjoy the views and bring the outside to the inside.