It’s always impressive to see what some architecture are able to pull off in order to take advantage of a beautiful view or a well-positioned site. One of the most interesting residential projects in this sense is the High House, a magnificent contemporary home located in Austin, Texas.
The project, completed n 2021 by studio RAVEL Architecture, presented a major challenge in the form of a site with an extreme slope.
In response to the challenging landscape, the architects came up with an ingenious solution. The plan was to use the natural curvature of the land in their favor and to build a house that follows this shape. To ensure this was possible first a retaining wall needed to be built in order to terrace the site for access. This wall divides the house which is placed on one side of it from the driveway which is on the opposite side.
The house itself required special consideration as well. Due to the unevenness of the terrain the architects decided to build it on a series of piers which reach heights of up to 30 feet (9 meters). This decision was also influenced by the client’s request for a single-storey house. By doing that they managed to ensure that every room in the house gets to enjoy a beautiful view of the canyon and the city which unfold below the site.
Photographs: Chase Daniel