Excerpt from part of the book “Edgy Architecture Architecture in the most impossible places“, roughly translated as” Architecture on the brink: Architectural culture lies on impossible foundations “, by Agata Toromanoff, a historian of art and design, who is also the author of a series of books. about design and architecture.
Architecture is an art that allows an artist to create a work that flexes softly around nature, to blend in harmoniously into the landscape and not to be crude. Although not every place can build houses, once architects find a way to overcome difficulties and build masterpieces on the slopes and cliffs, they will create masterpieces.
Here are 8 examples that show you that all of the above are true.
The Cliff House in Nova Scotia, Canada
Design of Sweet Apple Architecture Studio of MacKay-Lyons. Photo taken by Greg Richardson.
Located on the Atlantic coast, Cliff House – Cliff House will look like an ordinary house if you stand from the mainland. But when viewed from the direction of the coast, you will see it creaking over the cliff, with the intention, according to the designer, to “increase the sense of experience of the land through a sense of height and dizziness, mixed view. feeling of floating in the great sea “.
Super architectural made of steel will make the house firmly in a state of uncertainty, but it is made of wood to create a warm feeling both inside and out. Inside, a large living room occupies most of the area, only a small part is used as a resting space.
Hirafu in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Design by Florian Busch Architecture Studio.
The architects built this holiday home in Hokkaido – Japan’s second largest island – with an L-shaped structure that connects the house to the hillside. With the two cubes on the opposite side, they intentionally made it feel like the house was sliding down the slope. The entrance to the house as well as the discreet spaces are placed in the box below, leading up to a living space and kitchen.
The solid architectural block is made from reinforced concrete, left in gray on the inside of the house, creating a sense of opposition to the wide open view covered with cold white enamel.
The house close to the cliff in Calpe, Alicante, Spain
Design by architect Fran Silvestre. Photo taken by Diego Opazo.
This whole project illuminates the beauty of geometry, of the purity of lines. The house sits neatly on the slope, but this arid ground inspires the architect to create a creative, outstanding three-dimensional shape as if wanting to communicate pictograms with the surroundings.
The main building material is concrete, with the outer shell covered with a smooth white stucco. Standing from the balcony, the homeowner can see the big water, and the downstairs is an endless swimming pool, creating the feeling that the house wants to reach out into the ocean.
The Qiyunshan Tree House in Xinning, China
Design by Studio Bengo. Photo taken by Chen Hao.
Called a tree house, but this was not a house built on a tree canopy. It is an 11-meter-high architectural block nestled in the canopy of red cedar trees in Xinning, China.
The entrance to the house is curved like a side street. Interior and interior design differ from floor to floor and direction. A spiral staircase leads visitors up to rooms built in a minimalist style, both the living room and the bedroom are purposefully small, because the architect wanted to turn the Qiyunshan Tree House into viewing spots. small, not a large, comfortable house.
Villa Vach Dung – Villa Escarpa in Luz, Algarve, Portugal
Design by architectural studio Mario Martins. Photo taken by Fernando Guerra.
The sentimentality of the Algarve region crept into the exotic beauty of Villa Escarpa.
It is a large white architectural mass, located on a steep slope, overlooking the village of Praia da Luz. The building rules in this area do not allow the foundation to exceed the size of the house that used to stand here, but architect Mario Martins has found a way to “circumvent the law”: he races out to the balcony to create a feeling large for architectural blocks, no longer limited by small plots.
Mario Martins wishes to give Villa Vach Stand a feeling of being floating on the ground and sky, but the house itself is very solid against the great winds of the Algarve.
House Cut and Fold in Los Angeles, California, USA
Design of architectural studio Urban Operations. Photo taken by Eric Staudenmaier.
The name of the house immediately makes you imagine the structure: it was built in origami style with elegant white color, with different large and small parts. With very sweet folded corners and plenty of windows, natural light can fill any room in the house.
The construction team struggled to cut the hillside to fit this “origami”.
La Binocle – La Binocle is located in Quebec, Canada
Design by naturehumaine architecture studio. Photo taken by Adrien Williams.
Located on a mountain top in Quebec, the building is nestled in a dense canopy of trees with a facade overlooking all the lush green landscapes. Most of the house is the living area, and the small part is two bedrooms. The roof slopes downwards to limit the hot sun in hot summer.
The house was built of dark wood, as if wanting to blend in with the green forest.
“When honoring this land, the project prioritizes the design of a minimalist and quiet space, as if to invite peace here,” says Naturehumain, a Canadian-based architecture and design firm. write about the house like that.
Casa Del Acantilado – Casa Del Acantilado in Salobreña, Granada, Spain
Design by architectural studio Gilbartolomé. Photo taken by Jesus Granada.
The house facing the coast of Granada, Spain, is a work honoring the late architect Antoni Gaudí, the greatest emblematic name of modernism, both philosophical and artistic, in Catalan. A slope of about 42 degrees is a big challenge for any architect, but seems to inspire Gilbartolomé, the company that created the Cliff House.
Not only is it hidden deep in the hillside hole, the house is also covered with an unusually beautiful roof. Looking up from below the beach, we feel like looking up a part of the dragon’s back across a small hill, or the whispering waves coming from behind makes many people feel like they are watching the waves themselves.
Casa Del Acantilado has two floors, one overlooking the large coastline, the other for more private things.