Grid House by FGMF

Designed in a rigorous structural grid, this rural modern home by FGMF contends with a variety of demanding contextual conditions and resolves them in a way that is internally elegant and connects the house (green-roofed and partly underground) with the surrounding natural environment.

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Grid House by FGMF stairs

The extension of green grass onto the roof ties the home into the adjacent hillside from which it seems to emerge. From the lookout at the top of the hill the house is almost completely camouflaged against the backdrop of trees, mountains and sky above.

Grid House by FGMF underneath

The introduction of a regular structural grid with infilled rooms and exterior patio and deck spaces made it possible to bring nature into the house complex itself and to keep from disturbing critical parts of the site ecosystem that limit the buildable footprint.

Grid House by FGMF walkways

The approach from the road most clearly reveals the rigid structural grid that permeates the entire project. This grid-based approach also makes it much easier to later add additional modules that could extend the current interior living, sleeping, eating and working spaces as needed in the future.

Grid House by FGMF wood frame
Grid House by FGMF multi volumes

A lookout space on top of the hill serves as a semi-enclosed living space with views out on the surrounding area.

Grid House by FGMF open air

With rustic materials (wood and steel) this house seems to be the perfect eco-friendly hillside-and-underground home or retreat but nonetheless has rigorous geometries and modern interiors that make it fit for comfortable contemporary living.

Grid House by FGMF interior
Grid House by FGMF at night

“In an area of 53.24 hectares, only 65,000 square meters are not covered by the lush native intact forest that is permanently protected. In this area of accidented topography, where large stones are surrounded by Araucaria trees, a small valley was chosen, protected from the winds and close to the forest. This is where the natural walking paths cross: the site where people who arrive at the plot of land go to, access to the paths leading to the heart of the forest and to the top of the hill where one sees an impressive view.”