Looking at the building from the front, it is not immediately obvious that the dwelling is not on level ground. Hsu Rudolphy Architecture, meanwhile, reveals everything by naming it the Slope House. There’s definitely no BS there as the 245 square meter structure sits on a slope.
The property is surrounded by a landscape of trees and a breathtaking view of an inviting lake. To see this in person, you need to be in Santiago, Chile, and take a two-hour drive from the city. Of course, you’ll need an invitation from the owner of the Slope House to take full advantage of it.
This could be a tall order, so just work with photos and floor plans. Given its precarious situation, Hsu Rudolphy Architecture is taking no risks here. Forming its frame are steel and concrete beams. Moreover, the main struts of its foundation seem to be sunk well below the ground.
Instead of an industrial aesthetic, most of the Slope House is clad in wood. Large sections feature walls of glass and huge windows to provide occupants with unobstructed views of the surrounding natural landscape. In addition, it allows more natural light to flood the volumes.
To match the topography of the area, there are three levels with multiple terraces. You can choose to relax indoors or step outside for some fresh air. We would love to dine al fresco here if we had the chance. The upper floor is where you will find the kitchen, dining room, living room and relaxation areas.
One level down from the Slope House is where the three bedrooms and bathrooms are located. Finally, the lowest floor is just another living space with a terrace and stairs that lead down to the ground and the lake.
Images courtesy of Hsu Rudolphy Architecture