Perched on uneven terrain in a former quarry, this modern cabin by Béres Architects embraces the nature of the site with a terrace that frames the rock face. Simple geometric lines and a stark black exterior highlight the organic shapes and range of soft stone tones, the rectilinear volume divided in two by the central indoor/outdoor space.
The architects designed ‘Hideg House’ as an ‘abstract footprint of the family’s lifestyle, with one end of the home containing the shared spaces and master bedroom, and the other offering a self-contained guest suite. The home was oriented around the availability of nature light and opportunities to frame the unique landscape.
The client and his wife spent three years building the home themselves, from clearing out the cliff site to creating custom furniture. The two living volumes are made of sanded larch left in its natural color, and are contained within a larch shell stained black to give the home a sense of depth.
Inside, white walls and timber-paneled flooring afford a bright and spacious feel. The terrace turns the rock wall into a veritable work of art while also offering views of the woods on the other side.