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House on an Artificial Hill with Real Appeal

If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad… you’ve heard the saying. Well, in this case, Australian architect Andrew Maynard brought the hill to this cool raised house near Melbourne – a region that is known for being largely flat. This artificial mini mountain raises the home to new heights – literally and architecturally speaking. A bold, black volume is perched precariously at the top of the hill, and cantilevered over the slope in a seesaw-style structure that provides shade for the main entrance, which is tucked directly below. This addition to the original house looks toward the main structure, but by virtue of being raised, enjoys unobstructed views of surrounding gardens and treetops. Interiors are as playful and innovative as the exterior, featuring a fab open concept layout that lets you admire and appreciate all its quirks from every point in the house. An industrial-style spiral staircase at the center of the space is the piece de resistance. And the jewel in the crown is a rooftop garden – a serene getaway from the hectic world below. Apart from looking cool, this awesome add-on has an eco agenda. It faces the sun, and the upper volume acts as the passive solar eave that blocks out the sweltering summer sun while letting warming winter sun flood in to naturally warm and brighten interiors. Andrew Maynard
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