Sloped House Stands Out (& Up) in Rural Wine Country


One could call it crass inspiration at a glance – clearly the slope of the roof reflects the adjacent Swiss mountains – but this design goes beyond the “wow factor” to work well in its unique habitat.

The lower end of the structure deposits residents onto the private vineyard site, while the lofted portion provides privacy in the direction of the adjacent village (as well as great views of the relatively flat surrounding landscape).

The overhang created by the lofted portion also forms a natural set of parking spaces without having to either fully enclose space for them or waste a secondary portion of the site for such a use.

Designed by Nunatak Architectes, the exterior is still the most overtly remarkable piece: a simple play of contrast and matching, dark gray object rising out of the green growing grounds and tying the building in with big background mountains as well.

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