Most Impressive Examples Of Landscape-Integrated Architecture

Here are some of the most impressive examples of landscape-integrated architecture projects around the world

nCAVED House, Greece

Inserted into the cliffside, the dwelling seems to hover just above the sea. The design team introduces a shelter protected from the strong northern winds without obstructing the rolling landscape and sweeping horizon. The dwelling thus exists without an exterior form, but as a series of occupiable volumes subtracted from the earth.

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Image Credit: Yiorgis Yerolymbos

Subterranean Private Villa in Antiparos, Greece

This remarkable multi-level vacation house designed by Tsolakis Architects occupies a steep, rocky slope on Greece’s Antiparos island, its subterranean volumes announced by alternating façades of stone and white-washed walls that wholly embrace the region’s traditional Cycladic architecture. From the uppermost level, visitors are led from the sleeping quarters down to the social areas via a series of outdoor staircases connecting the different levels.

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Image Credit: George Messaritakis

Aguacates House, Mexico

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Image Credit: Sandra Pereznieto

Aloni House, Greece

The site is a natural saddle where two slopes meet. In the North-South axis, the slope rises between two hills while in the East-West axis the slope drops, opening to the sea views. Two long stone walls bridge the hills allowing the house to nestle in the space within while maintaining the continuity of the landscape which flows over it. This simple strategy blurs the edges of the house and makes its mass imperceptible within the broader skyline of the island. The name of the house itself, Aloni, refers to the remains of a crop-harvesting circle that was found and preserved as part of the agricultural past of the site.

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Image Credit: DECA Architecture

The Ring House, Greece

The Ring House
Image Credit: DECA Architecture

Hourglass, Greece

The Hourglass Corral is a house located in the Cycladic island of Milos. It is also the most recent addition of “Voronoi’s corrals”, a project that began ten years ago and now encompasses a territory of about 90.000 m².

Image Credit: DECA Architecture

UCCA Dune Art Museum, China

UCCA Dune Art Museum
Image Credit: Qingshan Wu