Inverted Pyramid House

Balancing on a rural hillside in the Spanish region of Matarraña, the Inverted Pyramid House seems to defy the laws of gravity. Like the exterior, the inside doesn't follow traditional design. Rather than walls and stories, the interior consists of multiple staircases connecting a series of cantilevered platforms — each one housing a different function. More private areas are located in the upper mezzanines, overlooking the communal living spaces below. Earlier renderings see an outdoor pool mimicking the structure's geometric form, while current plans show a centrally located pool with direct passages to the three bedrooms.

Photos: Solo Homes

  • Hammock House

    Located on a 40-acre farm in North Carolina, the Hammock House adopts an L-shape layout to respect the land's ancient oak trees. Along with the mature oak trees, an old barn also occupies the land. The exterior's slanted shed roof and timber plank cladding compliment the existing farm structures in a contemporary fashion. Internally, the home is split up between two wings — one containing the sleeping quarters and the other consisting of the main living area. Generous amounts of glazing flood the interior with natural light and afford views of the surrounding forest, while a screened sun room creates a sheltered hammock space — inspiring the home's namesake.

    Photos: Samsel Architects

  • Back Country House

    Located in New Zealand's Puhoi settlement, the Back Country House is modeled after the vernacular architecture of the region. An exterior of locally-sourced Macrocarpa timber cladding and a slanted galvanized iron roof reference the traditional huts found throughout the area. The two-story volume houses a main living area with a lofted master bedroom above. On either side of the ground floor, folding glazed doors afford expansive views of the rugged landscape, while also opening the interior up to a wrap around deck with an outdoor fire place and sunken baths.

    Photos: David Maurice / LTD. Architecture

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