The intimate connection between architecture and nature is materialized in some really incredible ways especially when it comes to modern residential projects. A lot of us think of our dream home as being a tropical and modern house with a green roof, generous outdoor spaces, surrounded by lush vegetation and with majestic views. Such images are inspired by real like projects such as the ones we’re about to show you. These stunning houses feature the perfect blend between modern architecture and timeless natural beauty.
The Jungle House by Studio MK27
If there was ever a zombie-proof house that looked gorgeous this would be it. The Jungle House designed by Studio MK27 is located in Guarujá, Brazil and was completed in 2015. The main objective of the project was to create a seamless connection between architecture and nature. The architects did that by preserving the surroundings and the vegetation in particular as intact as possible and making it seem as if the house just grew among the trees.
At the same time, special attention was given to the orientation of the house but in order for the ocean views to be enjoyed the architects had to raise the house on pillars and to create an inverted vertical floor plan which places the living spaces at the top of the house. They open onto a rooftop terrace with a pool and they’re sheltered under a green roof. All of these unusual design decisions were made so that the house could coexist with nature as harmoniously as possible.
The Ocean Eye project by Benjamin Garcia Saxe
In 2016 architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe completed the Ocean Eye project which consists of a beautiful house located on Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica, with a lap pool, an outdoor shower and a very special connection to nature. The cool thing about this house is that has not one but two wonderful views, one towards the ocean and the other towards the jungle. This unique combination inspired the architect to give the house a custom design which makes the most of the surroundings.
The design and architecture of the house transition from a solid construction at the back defined by a high level of privacy to a more lightweight and open structure at the front which focuses a lot on the views. The internal dynamic of the spaces is a very interesting one, giving the impression of being both indoor and outdoor at the same time. It’s a really nice way to enjoy and to admire nature.
The Secret Garden House by Wallflower Architecture + Design
What most people would consider a big disadvantage, studio Wallflower Architecture + Design managed to turn into an advantage. We’re talking about the uneven terrain on which this amazing house was built. The team took advantage of the narrow frontage to hide almost two thirds of the house by using the uneven terrain in their favor. This also provided them with the perfect opportunity to create a beautiful secret garden hidden from everyone.
This amazing house is located in Singapore and was built in 2015. Its entrance leads into a cave-like underground lobby where the highlight of the space is a spiral staircase made out of steel, glass and wood. The staircase leads up to the living and dining area which has a very strong connection with the garden and the pool. Indoor and outdoor become one and coexist in harmony thanks to a simple architecture which allows the house to be open without compromising privacy.
The JN House by bernardes + jacobsen arquitetura
The JN House mimics the land around it and this ingenious design strategy allows it to blend in and to enjoy a very special connection with nature and the landscape that surrounds it. The house was designed by bernardes + jacobsen arquitetura and it located in Itaipava, Brazil. The strategy in this case was to hide the structural elements which create the house by taking advantage of the uneven terrain.
The house is a single-storey structure with spaces distributed on the site in the form of independent blocks. The main volume is suspended above the ground. The rest of the spaces are organized into a space situated by the pool, a children’s wing, a pavilion with a tennis court and a maids’ quarter. The living and dining spaces, the pantry, four guest suites and a deck facing the pool are situated on the ground floor. Thanks to the glazed walls, natural light and panoramic views enter the social areas and blur out the boundaries between them and the exterior.
The CA House by Jacobsen Arquitetura
Located in Bragança Paulista, Brazil, the CA House was designed to follow the topography and the contour of the land, with the focus being on the panoramic views. It was a project by Jacobsen Arquitetura. In order to be able to take full advantage of the views without reshaping the land, the architects gave the house a rather unusual floor plan, shaped like a Z. The interior is organized into three main areas: a social volume, a private area and a Service space.
Each of the three volumes is an independent wing and this is possible because of the Z-shaped floor plan that we mentioned earlier. This unusual distribution of the spaces also allowed the living spaces to face the panoramic views while the bedrooms sit on a lower level with increased privacy. The social area has a very open and airy plan which includes an outdoor kitchen and an al fresco dining area.
The Pierre by Olson Kundig
A house nestled into a rock was built on San Juan Island, US, being a one-of-a-kind project designed to celebrate the beauty of nature and its relationship with modern architecture. The house was designed by studio Olson Kundig and was built using rugged, natural materials, with an emphasis on stone. This allows it to disappear into nature and to become a part of the landscape.
The project was quite challenging and required unusual techniques to be used. For instance, large drills were used to create the outline of the building and then dynamite, hydraulic chippers and several hand tools were then employed to give the house its unique structure and appearance. Excavation marks left exposed reveal the areas from where rock was taken out and crushed to create the flooring of the house.