Building a home with wide window panels on an undulating ground of hill or mountain will be not so easy, as you need to build the home on sloping terrain and adapting its design. It needs more complicated construction progress than the home on flat ground and needs more time depends on how you designed your home. Basically, there are 2 main construction plans that you can do; the first is by modifying the terrain, dig it to make a flat zone on it to build the home, which usually take a long time and needs more workers; and the second, let the slope on its natural shape and use it as decoration to your home design. Just like what the ISM Architecten did to their project, Hard Werken, stood on the sloping terrain with incredible design so it seems like blended with the nature of its surrounding.
The client is a woman that just moved to the area, and surprised with the terrain that she need to build a home on it. Having no idea for home on sloping terrain, she contacted the ISM Architecten studio and discussed about the possibility to build a home on it. The architects decided to not change the terrain, use it for the advantage of the natural home design. The result is a unique contemporary home that ‘partially buried’ under the slope, with 3 levels and blended among the nature. The first level is edged with wide window panels, gives a lighting source for the interior and creates the levitation effect to the building. To make the design blended with the nature and not bold around it, whole exterior is painted black, as black is a neutral color that ‘hides’ the home from its surrounding.
The entrance is located on the 2nd floor or right on the top of the slope. The room organization are arranged in such a way so the day activity can be done on the garden site (living room, kitchen, etc. near to the window) while the night activity is at the other site, to the street entrance. The whole interior is painted white with sharp contrast of black as the accent, creating a clean and simple decoration. The air circulation hands an important portion to this house, with the patio as the natural air entrance that flow from it to the first ground, and then to another corner of the house.
With this unique home design, the architects managed to use the slope into the design, converts its lack and drawbacks into a benefit that make the home looks unique. Please take a look to the details from home on sloping terrain pictures with the wide window panels below to find your inspiration.