Luscious green sloping hills surrounding your abode and crisp cool air breezing through your window! Endless beauty of nature adding a touch of freshness to your routine lives!
How does it feel? Does it not feel really amazing to live in such a place where you will always get the view from the top!! Yes! We are talking about the houses built right on the hillside!
Does it get any better than this?! Every day as you wake up, the rolling mountains and the beautiful view never cease to welcome you to the new day. It is a landscape that will forever mesmerise you.
As Henry David Thoreau said, “What’s the use of a house, if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” a good ambience will be the greatest asset that will make a house stand out and shine. And what is better than the canopy of green trees and delightful scenic lands!
Frank Lloyd Wright neatly sums it up saying, “No house should ever be on any hill … It should be of the hill, belonging to it, so hill and house could live together each the happier for the other.”
Let us look at 9 such houses that have made the hills their destination.
- The Deluxe Mountain Chalet in Styria, Austria.
The Deluxe Mountain Chalet in Styria, Austria, nestled amongst the scenic mountains is an extension to the numerously awarded high- end restaurant “Wirtshaus Steirereck”. It was created in the year 2013 by the well-known Viereck Architects.
The architects missioned to build comfortable living on high mountain ranges with a spectacular view of the valley. They tried to, therefore, build the chalets in a way that will provide a 360-degree turnabout viewing. The existing forest along the crest inspired the architects to build their concept based upon the bird nests. They successfully made the chalets tall and high above the landscape.
The Deluxe Mountain Chalet provides parking lots that are gently integrated into the existing landscape underneath the buildings. This elevates the buildings and also hides all the technical components of the structure providing an aesthetic look to it.
- The Bolton Residence in Quebec, Canada.
The Bolton Residence in Quebec, Canada is built by the architect NatureHumaine. This project was built in the year 2014. The architects have tried to build a country house that blends into and complements its natural environment. It is created upon a high-rise plateau that leads to the lift up the house giving it an extra edge.
The house overlooks the Mount Orford and the valley below. To balance and match its ambience, the architects have anchored a wooden clad volume into the mountain. This gives the house a floating kind of look amongst the surrounding trees.
- The Golden View Residence in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Golden View Residence in Anchorage, Alaska is created by the architects WorkshopAD in 2014.
This Residence was an attempt at redesigning a partially constructed house on the Upper Hillside. The architects worked hard to overcome the rusted parts and came up with a brand new concept of the house.
The house is roosted above the landscape like a tree house with a platform that stretches across the hillside giving it a nature induced feeling. The spaces maintain a high degree of privacy from the surrounding neighbours. The exterior surfaces are clad with walnut veneer composite panels, concrete, and metal roofing while the interior surfaces are clad with walnut panels, dark painted wood trim, painted gypsum board, basalt stone tile and stainless steel accents, and hydronic radiant heated concrete floors to create an immersive, comfortable, and durable structure.
- The 115 House in Pollença, Spain.
The 115 House in Pollença, Spain, built in 2009, is the creation of the architect Miquel Àngel Lacomba.
The house is built in a unique location, overlooking the valley that frames the bay of Sant Vicenç. To build on such a rough terrain the house uses stone walls which provide a platform. The architects have cleverly linked the interior with the exterior in an intense way by merging the rocky environment and panoramic views. The living area and kitchen and dining room are connected by a porch and sliding door that precisely serve this purpose.
They have also looked at other factors like bioclimatic operation and have designed cross ventilation, passive solar energy collection, and a roof cover designed with a floating floor (that prevents overheating in summer) to take care of this.
- The Holmby Hills Residence in Los Angeles, California.
The Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, Los Angeles is a three-storey contemporary residence designed by Quinn Architects.
This spectacular estate is framed on all sides by mature trees and greenery. It is made up of a contemporary glass-encased compound which oversees panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and is furnished with exquisite amenities.
A house built on the hills need not only be a country house or a farmhouse. This is proved by this sophisticated residence. The home’s interiors are made up of the best quality materials such as a marble-clad stairwell, a custom recessed lighting and an American black walnut flooring. There is an abundance of natural light and high ceilings in every room making the house very spacious and airy. Every room boasts of its own outdoor patio or balcony. The kitchen features a state-of-the-art Molteni design with integrated lighting and Dada / Miele appliances. The home also has an outdoor terrace and an attached pool.
The huge grounds surrounding the house come along with a 6,500 sq. ft. of terrace space in addition to the pool, landscaped gardens, outdoor kitchen, flat lower lawn and a gorgeous astroturf tennis court with floodlights.
Other features include six bedroom suites, 3 living rooms, formal dining room, 2 libraries / studies, double-height gallery, spacious fitness centre, home theatre, catering kitchen, elevator and wine cellar.
- The Hillside House in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The Hillside House is a private residence located in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is a contemporary residence designed by GASS Architecture in 2013.
This house situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch is nestled between vineyards, a koppie (small granite hill) and a river below. It certainly attracts a picturesque view.
The architects have reinterpreted the house into the modern design of a traditional farmhouse. There is a gravel driveway welcoming each person that enters the gate with an expansive forecourt, a drive-in open garaging reminiscent of a barn and also a water feature evocative of an animal’s drinking trough.
The front door is accessible through a double-sided staircase from the courtyard. This stairway is seen as a colonial influence on the traditional Cape houses.
This modern entity is a tall 3-storeyed building with a double dwelling. An eye-catchy architectural feature of the house is the many stacked granite stone walls.
This house is straight out of the fairy-tale and will capture every heart that envisions a romantic abode high on a hill.
- Villa Escarpa in Luz, Portugal.
The Villa Escarpa in Luz, Portugal is designed by the architects Mario Martins in 2012.
This residence is located on a steep slope overlooking the Algarve coastline and village of Praia da Luz.
Taking into account that the house is exposed to sharp winds, the architects have created sheltered terraces and courtyards for outside living. This house gently sits upon an exposed concrete support giving the appearance of the house floating above the landscape.
The house merges with a long water surface which is built to partition the wide living and kitchen spaces.
There are four bedrooms located in a private area around a central courtyard. The lower area provides garaging and technical support. The roof terrace adds to the charm of this house.
- House Dornbirn in Dornbirn, Austria.
House Dornbirn located on the slope of a green meadow in Austria is built by k m architekur in the year 2013. The house is built out of wood using concrete, copper, glass and wood as structural materials.
The front part of the building is clad with natural white pine wood taken from the local region and copper. This allows the house to blend harmoniously with the environment.
The house has been designed to provide utmost comfort with amenities such as a solar hot-water-system, geo–thermal heating and a stove in the living area. The house is made up of different levels such as the ground floor, with a garage and an entrance. The upper floor is made up of pine and contains the bedrooms and a studio. The house also has an extended balcony which provides the view from the top of the whole area.
- Casa LLP in Barcelona, Spain.
Designed by the architects Alventosa Morell Arquitectes, in the year 2015, the Casa LLP, in Barcelona, Spain enjoys views over the Collserola mount.
The architects have attempted to maximise the environmental and thermal performance. They have tried to maintain the comfort of the house by compaction, thermal resistance and cross ventilation.
The possibility to enjoy open and transparent spaces facing the Collserola mount landscape, the integration of the building on the site, and the thermal comfort, in addition to the use of healthy and ecologic materials; are the big challenges and values of the project and the house.
As we have seen above, the hill itself has conceptualised the hillside houses. These hillside houses have indeed perfected the quote by Frank Lloyd Wright, that the house should belong to the hill and not on it.