STEEP SLOPE HOUSE
The boomerang-shaped plot falls 12 meters from north-west to south-east. Planning regulations make large parts of the irregularly shaped 1500 sqm site unbuildable. We were left with a steep area at the centre of the site.
The ambition has been to, as simply and rationally as possible, create an architecture that subverts the trickiness of the steep site into an advantage and a driving force in the design. A two-story volume with entrances on each floor jut out from the slope. At a 90-degree angle from that volume a lower, one-story volume housing a sauna and a common room is situated in the landscape, its roof functioning as a terrace accessed from the upper floor. Together the two volumes frame a pool and a stone-clad pool deck. The layout manages to create meaningful outdoor spaces as well as minimize dark interior spaces.
The upper floor of the main volume is divided lengthways into two similarly wide bands, one housing more private functions: bedrooms, bathrooms, walk-in-closet, the other, facing a balcony wrapping around the southern and western façade, housing kitchen, dining and livingroom. The floor gently drops from the kitchen to the livingroom creating a distinction between the different functions and varying ceiling heights. The ground floor houses further bedrooms as well as washing facilities, a common room, another bathroom and a garage.
The south façade opens up towards the view and the sun through big evenly spaced and sized sliding doors. The north façade faces the street and has a more closed appearance. All facades are clad in black, burnt pine, so called Shou Sugi Ban.