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The peaks of the surrounding Alps are mimicked in the dramatic jagged shape of this artist residence an atelier in Castelrotto, Italy by Modus Architects. Two towering wood volumes are placed on a diagonal atop the solidity of a sunken concrete base, giving the occupants a view of both the mountains and the valley below.

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A layer of glass separates the sunken portion of the home from the two top wooden floors of each volume, making it seem as if they’re floating. The effect references the local traditional architecture as well as the surrounding landscape.

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The criss-crossing stilts that surround the glass level continue up the light timber facades of the twin volumes. The light-filled space houses the artist’s gallery and studio, while the private living spaces are located above. A terrace joins the two seemingly disparate peaked spaces together on the southern side.