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A relationship between house & landscape

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Have you ever passed a lovely place with your car and felt struck by the ugliness of a building? One that looks like it simply doesn't belong, sticking out like a sore thumb, so to speak; perhaps a gift from the 1950s…  

Thanks to the evolution of the construction industry and the intensification of building regulations, we are seeing less and less cement monsters and eyesore buildings that overtake and jut out from their environment. Today, we are pleased to treat you with five wonderful examples of dwellings that seamlessly blend and integrate into their landscape. This is a challenge that architects today take very seriously because the overall beauty of a house does not come solely from the floor plan. How it interacts with its environment, its footprint and overall effect on the surrounding landscape has become a challenge, and an integral part of the design process. 

Nestled in the snow

A house which is completely unique in both design and environment, is surrounded by the enchanting alpine scenery of Austria. Built entirely from wood, it adapts perfectly to the shape of its surrounding, immersing totally into the mountainous panorama. Although the structure is out of the ordinary, inside, to all intents and purposes, is a home. Built on two floors and comprising of two adjacent bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and kitchen. Most importantly, there is a large window to the rear which gives the occupants a breathtaking view of the valley .


This is an example of how the choice of colours and shapes effects the overall impact a dwelling has on its surroundings. This home is located in Brixen, Italy, and its neutral exterior is its strong point. The beige fact, it goes well with the rest of the landscape, not ruining the view or the impact. Particular attention should also be paid to the roof, despite its contorted shape, it perfectly reproduces the features of the mountains that surround it.

Tree house

Here is an example of how the concept of tree house has been taken and twisted. The idea, in fact, comes from a German architect who has decided to give the typical tree house, a fun past time of many children, a real face of home living all year round. Perfectly placed in the context thanks to its wooden structure, this house almost blends in with the trees that encase it.

The renovated cottage

Despite not moulding into its surroundings per se, there was also once a period when architecture suited the landscape. Farmhouses, for example, in their rugged and stony exteriors, match their environment but do not overtake it. With this cottage as an example, rather than letting it deteriorate and become an eyesore, it is better to renovate it back to its former glory and let it tell a story about times gone by..

In line

Harmony in the landscape is exemplified in this beautiful modern and minimalist home. Careful attention has been paid to choosing a colour palette that will reflect its surroundings in all seasons—the stark white exterior glows against the snow and the black frames highlight he skeletal trees in the background. The fact that the property is low and horizontal means that it is not loud, rather, a quiet whisper in a beautiful scenery.

To see more stunning examples of architecture see ’8 wonderful examples of landscape design and 5 countries, 5 spaces with white in common’.

What are you thoughts about the landscape at the built environment? Do you think it is necessary for the house to fit the landscape?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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