A Rustic Modular House On Top Of A Small Forest Slope

Building a house out of prefabricated modules greatly reduces the construction process, saves time and reduces the impact the project has on the site and the landscape in general. In the case of this house located in Ozora, Russia, the first phase was to install a solid foundation and the modules were brought on site only once this was in place.

The house sits on a small slope and has a tall foundation that maximizes the scenic views
The house sits on a small slope and has a tall foundation that maximizes the scenic views

The design done by studio BIO – architects takes into account the unusual topography of the site and is optimized to complement the slope and to take advantage of the beautiful scenic views. The high foundation raises the house over the sloping terrain and creates an area underneath for a generously-sized storage space. 

Having a large and open living area crucial so a shared open floor plan was chosen for it
Having a large and open living area crucial so a shared open floor plan was chosen for it

The beautiful location inspired the owners to want to spend as much time outside as possible and in this regard the architects created a large deck which wraps around the house and cantilevers over the lower section. Slender metal and cable railings wrap around the deck turning this into a versatile outdoor area. Separate from the main building, a small pergola sits off to the side on its own raised deck. 

The living area opens onto a large deck framed by cable railings
The living area opens onto a large deck framed by cable railings
The roof and exterior walls extend partially onto the deck forming a sheltered outdoor nookView in gallery
The roof and exterior walls extend partially onto the deck forming a sheltered outdoor nook
The raised foundation creates room for a large storage area underneath the house
The raised foundation creates room for a large storage area underneath the house
The white wooden roof, walls and beams create a farmhouse-inspired backdrop for the furnishings and decorations
The white wooden roof, walls and beams create a farmhouse-inspired backdrop for the furnishings and decorations
This freestanding metal fireplace makes the living area extra warm and cozyView in gallery
This freestanding metal fireplace makes the living area extra warm and cozy

The difference in heights between areas like the lower storage section, the cantilevered deck, the pergola and the general outdoor areas makes this a multi-level residence and creates a dynamic and unique user experience. For the interior the designers chose a light eclectic style that mixes modern and rustic elements. The warmth of the fireplace, the textured coziness of the textiles and the materials used for the interior design and the character added by the antique accent pieces and the furniture make this a very inviting little retreat. 

The open deck extends over the foundation and cantilevers over the slopeView in gallery
The open deck extends over the foundation and cantilevers over the slope
A staggered walkway connects the house to a separate outdoor pergola
A staggered walkway connects the house to a separate outdoor pergola
The interior looks very welcoming thanks to the natural materials, finishes and colors used in its design
The interior looks very welcoming thanks to the natural materials, finishes and colors used in its design