Beautiful Green House Slowly Disappears Into The Landscape

The main goal throughout this entire project was to create a house that blends into its surroundings and disappears into the beautiful landscape. The topography of the land made is pretty easy to achieve that. The house which was named Witklipfontein Eco Lodge is located in Vredefort, South Africa. It was designed and built by studio GLH Architects and it covers an area of 400 square meters. The architects tried to incorporate the building into the existing landscape without having to terraform the land too much and managed to do so successfully. They gave the house stone and rammed earth walls and a green roof which helps to disguise it quite nicely.

The green roof allows the house to blend into the landscape seamlesslyView in gallery
The green roof allows the house to blend into the landscape seamlessly
The house shows great respect towards its natural surroundings, taking advantage of this beautyView in gallery
The house shows great respect towards its natural surroundings, taking advantage of this beauty

In a way, this fits the description of an underground home. However, that’s not necessarily how we’d describe it since it has numerous large openings and offers some beautiful and expansive views of its surroundings. The selection of raw materials used throughout the house and the overall design and aesthetic help the inhabitants reconnect to nature. At the same time, everything is interpreted in a modern way which makes this a really cool contemporary home. If the goal for the interior was to make this structure stand out as little as possible, the strategy for the interior design was a bit different. The spaces are very warm and welcoming with expansive open floor plans, large windows and lots of stylish decor accents.

The house is framed by a series of rammed earth walls and several stone wallsView in gallery
The house is framed by a series of rammed earth walls and several stone walls
A series of photovoltaic panels installed on the roof provide the house with clean energyView in gallery
A series of photovoltaic panels installed on the roof provide the house with clean energy
The architects tried to use traditional building techniques as much as possible, turning this into an almost cement-free constructionView in gallery
The architects tried to use traditional building techniques as much as possible, turning this into an almost cement-free construction
The thick walls help to regulate the temperature inside the house throughout the entire yearView in gallery
The thick walls help to regulate the temperature inside the house throughout the entire year
Thanks to the carefully-selected materials and finishes, the house looks very natural in this locationView in gallery
Thanks to the carefully-selected materials and finishes, the house looks very natural in this location
The large windows and openings frame the beautiful pond, the garden and the distant viewsView in gallery
The large windows and openings frame the beautiful pond, the garden and the distant views
Certain sections of the house completely disappear into the landscape being reminiscent of hobbit homesView in gallery
Certain sections of the house completely disappear into the landscape being reminiscent of hobbit homes
Inside, the social area are all part of a large double-height volumeView in gallery
Inside, the social area are all part of a large double-height volume
The interior design was also inspired by the natural surroundings, featuring a lot of warm and simple materialsView in gallery
The interior design was also inspired by the natural surroundings, featuring a lot of warm and simple materials
All in all, this green building is a beautiful example of a house in perfect harmony with natureView in gallery
All in all, this green building is a beautiful example of a house in perfect harmony with nature