Ignacio Corre elevates Casa Mujeres in Chile to provide ocean views

Santiago-based architect Ignacio Correa has built this stilted wooden holiday home on the Chilean coastline and added long expanses of glazing to offer its residents views of the Pacific Ocean. Casa Mujeres provides a retreat for a family in the rural area of Maitencillo, which is roughly a one-hour drive north of the of city Valparaiso.

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Redshank artist’s studio is a cork-clad cabin raised above a tidal salt marsh

Oil rigs, Maunsell forts and a wading bird provided the inspiration for this artist’s retreat in a salt marsh on England’s east coast, which becomes inaccessible when the tide comes in. The seaside studio space was developed by British architect Lisa Shell for artist Marcus Taylor, who wanted a peaceful place that he could retreat

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Tato Architects and Phorm Architecture combine Japanese and Australian design for Brisbane house

This hillside house in Brisbane, designed by Japanese studio Tato Architects and Australian office Phorm Architecture, features outdoor living spaces raised up on stilts. The client asked Yo Shimada of Tato Architects for a house with a minimalist aesthetic. He decided to use a stilted home that his studio previously completed near Kobe, Japan, as a starting point for the design.

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Leroy Street Studio lifts Hamptons house above the water on stilts

This cedar-clad villa in the Hamptons designed by New York City architects Leroy Street Studio is raised on timber pilotis to anticipate flooding. Named Bay House, the six-bedroom residence is comprised of two angled wings that open out towards the ocean. The two halves of the home join at its centre, above a ground-level breezeway

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dRMM builds Oldham Maggie’s Centre around a courtyard with rippling glass walls

A courtyard with undulating glass walls descends from the base of the stilted wooden structure of this Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in Oldham, England, which has been designed by London studio dRMM. The studio used tulipwood to clad the structure, which at one side projects out over a stone wall. Selected for its positive connotations, the material is intended to

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Timber-framed cabin by Hanna Michelson stands on stilts to peep over the treetops of Swedish mountain

Swedish architect Hanna Michelson has completed a stilted timber cabin overlooking the Åsberget mountains, as the first of four getaways being built for the Bergaliv Landscape Hotel. The Stockholm-based architect, who works for Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, was commissioned by Bergaliv to build the 10-metre-tall heart-pine and spruce Lofthuset (loft house) on a former ski slope in

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White Arkitekter’s pared-back bathhouse reinterprets Sweden’s traditional “gingerbread” architecture

White Arkitekter has completed a bathhouse on the southern coast of Sweden, featuring a timber-clad structure perched on slender legs that extend outwards towards the rear to optimise sea views. The Scandinavian studio designed the bathhouse for a group of local sea-bathing enthusiasts from the coastal town of Karlshamn, who raised funds to commission the project. The Kallbadshus, or cold

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Malan Vorster’s treehouse-like residence offers views of Cape Town forest

Four cylindrical towers are elevated on stilts to create this retreat in Cape Town, which was designed by local studio Malan Vorster to offer views among the trees. The Cape Town-based architects designed the residence for a client who wanted their hide-away in the Constantia suburb of the South African capital that resembles a tree house. The aim was to respond to the

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Bernardo Bader perches larch-clad home over concrete plinth in Austrian mountains

This timber-clad residence by Bernardo Bader Architects appears to be raised on stilts above chunky concrete foundations in the mountainous Vorarlberg region of Austria. Haus am Stürcherwald sits at 1,000 metres above sea-level in the village of Laterns, and was designed to resemble the Walser farmhouses that populate the area. Many of these traditional multi-storey and often wooden houses feature

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Renzo Piano completes stilted art gallery on Santander waterfront

Thousands of shimmering ceramic discs cover the stilted volumes of Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín art gallery, which stands on the docks in the Spanish city of Santander. The Centro Botín is Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s first building in Spain, and is part of a wider redevelopment of Santander’s Pereda Gardens. It occupies a former ferry car park in a newly created piece of the park,

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Delordinaire raises High House above snowy Quebec countryside to protect an outdoor lounge

Stilts elevate this small winter cabin by Delordinaire above a snow-laden slope in Quebec, sheltering beneath its base an outdoor living space with a warming stove. Panels of white concrete and corrugated metal clad the external surfaces to create a crisp gabled outline, but inside the wooden substructure is left exposed to create warm-toned living spaces. Ample windows in

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Stacked and rotated blocks ensure multiple sea views from Chilean beach house

Chilean architects 2DM twisted the upper volume of this blackened timber house away from its stilted base to offer a variety of views to the sea in Chile’s Cardenal Caro Province. The Santiago-based architects designed the residence for a narrow plot of land along Puertecillo beach in the coastal community of Navidad. The aim was to frame the sea on the

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Sprayed polyurethane lends rocky appearance to orchard house by Šépka Architekti

A small concrete stalk supports the bulbous form of this unconventional home by Czech practice Šépka Architekti, which stands in a steeply sloping orchard on the outskirts of Prague. Šépka Architekti created the unusually shaped House in the Orchard in response to six large orchard trees that occupy the garden. Rising three stories high, it features a wide base

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Invisible Studio designs composting toilet for woodland workshop

This long drop composting toilet by Invisible Studio provides facilities for the practice’s self-built woodland workshop, and was built using offcuts from the project. Invisible Studio founder Piers Taylor recruited a team of unskilled volunteers and friends to build the toilet from materials scavenged from the surrounding woodland. This meant the toilet could be delivered for free. The stilted structure is

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Rural Montana cabin is built on a granite cliff over Flathead Lake

Texas firm Andersson-Wise has completed a rustic wooden cabin in the state of Montana that is raised on stilts to provide views of a nearby lake. The single-storey cabin is entirely made of wood, and is capped with a butterfly roof – its eaves are pitched towards the centre of the house rather than towards

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Stilted cabin is raised among the treetops on the Stockholm archipelago

Swedish studio Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor has used slender stilts to elevate this timber-framed cabin into the treetops on an island in the Stockholm archipelago. The gabled house is home to a family of five and is named Viggsö after the island it sits on off the eastern coast of Sweden. Architects Johan Arrhov and Henrik Frick wanted to create an “unassuming space

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Moving walls open Stal Collectief’s charred timber workshop to the elements

Raised on stilts above a field in northeast Belgium, Stal Collectief’s self-designed studio features charred timber walls that can be wheeled back to reveal the interior (+ movie). The group of Belgian furniture designers comprising Len de Paepe, Bob Segers, Tim Vranken and Jonas Blondeel designed Hofer Pavilion as an extra studio space for themselves. The group already had a workshop in More

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Wooden cabins and tents on stilts provide accommodation at South Korean glamping site

Seoul studio ArchiWorkshop has completed a luxury camping facility near the South Korean capital, which comprises three wooden cabins and a cluster of membranous sleeping pods raised above the rocky terrain on stilts (+ slideshow). The Glamping on the Rock camping ground is located on the outskirts of Seoul in the Gapyeong district, which is known for its More

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Heatherwick’s Pier 55 to begin construction over New York’s Hudson River

British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s elevated park over the Hudson River has been given the go ahead by planners and will start construction this summer. The 2.7-acre Pier 55 has been given final consent by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Hudson River Park Trust announced last week, after the project overcame a lawsuit earlier More

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Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz raises Santiago house above a patio and beech tree

An exposed steel frame supports the upper storey of this house in Santiago, Chile, which has a mature copper beech tree rising from a courtyard at its centre (+ slideshow). Located in Santiago’s Las Condes district, House LG was designed by local architect Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz to replace an existing property, providing a bespoke home for a family. Errázuriz More

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Lund Hagem completes stilted summer house on Norwegian island

Slender stilts anchor this family summer house by Lund Hagem to the rocky edge of a Norwegian island, which is accessible only by boat (+ slideshow). The Oslo architecture studio designed the 75-square-metre holiday home named Cabin Lille Arøya for an interior architect, an artist and their two children. Located just five metres from the water on the small island More

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Top-heavy house by Archi LAB designed to minimise snow buildup

A large white box is raised on stilts to create the upper floor of this house in Japan, sheltering a smaller ground floor and entrance from the heavy snowfalls that Hokkaido Prefecture experiences in winter (+ slideshow). The house shares a plot with the client’s parents’ house in a residential neighbourhood of Asahikawa and was designed by Japanese studio Archi More

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Timber-clad houses raised up on stilts over ammunition vaults in Vilnius parkland

Two Lithuanian architecture studios have completed a timber-clad housing estate in parkland north of Vilnius, an area dotted with ammunition stores used in the lead up to the second world war (+ slideshow). Paleko Arch Studija and Plazma Architekturos Studija worked together on the Rasu Namai housing development, which occupies a 7,000-square-metre plot in Pavilniai Regional Park. The 18 woodland homes are each clad […]

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Jun Sekino replaces earthquake-damaged school in Thailand with stilted classrooms

Bangkok-based architect Jun Sekino designed these elevated classrooms in northern Thailand in response to a severe earthquake, which destroyed the school’s original building (+ slideshow). The earthquake struck Chiang Rai Province in May 2014, ruining 73 schools and leaving over 2,000 students without classrooms. A programme was set up by charity Design for Disasters (D4D) to build nine […]

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Earthquake-resistant school in Thailand raised up on stilts by Vin Varavarn Architects

Built in the wake of an earthquake, this secondary school in northern Thailand by Vin Varavarn Architects is shaped like a roof and raised above the ground on metal stilts (+ slideshow). A severe earthquake hit the Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand in May 2014, destroying 73 schools and displacing over 2,000 students. Disaster-relief charity Design for Disasters responded by launching […]

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Glass-walled boxes on stilts accommodate guests at Daniel Mayo’s Vivood hotel

Guests at this hotel near the Spanish city of Alicante stay in prefabricated cabins, which are raised off the ground to reduce their impact on the rugged landscape and enable views over the adjacent valley (+ slideshow). Vivood Landscape Hotels is a new business model developed by architect Daniel Mayo and a group of fellow […]

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Graal Architecture adds trio of corrugated metal cabins to a kindergarten in France

These three corrugated zinc and galvanised steel cabins by Graal Architecture provide a stilted reading room and sports hall for a nursery school in western Paris (+ slideshow). The Parisian studio added the structures to the Alliés de Chavannes nursery school in Mantes-la-Ville, a western suburb of Paris, to provide additional capacity. Two of the three structures are raised […]

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Tropical Box house in Kuala Lumpur is wrapped in a concrete “egg crate”

Malaysian studio WHBC Architects wrapped this house with a gridded concrete facade, designed to create privacy while providing a frame for tropical plants to grow around the building (+ slideshow). Called Tropical Box, the 670-square-metre house was built on a sloping site behind the condominiums and private houses of Demansara Heights in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s […]

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Today we like: buildings on stilts

Stilts allow architects to build on difficult terrains, or to simply offer their clients better views of the surroundings. Recent examples include a woodland writer’s cabin and a student-built viewing platform, while popular projects from the archive include a clifftop house near Sydney and an elevated tea house in Japan. See more buildings on stilts »

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Nozomi Nakabayashi creates writer’s hut on stilts in the Dorset woods

Sheltered beneath an oversized roof, this tiny timber cabin by AA graduate Nozomi Nakabayashi stands on stilts among the oak trees of a wood in Dorset, England (+ slideshow). Nakabayashi was commissioned to create Hut on Stilts for a writer after graduating from the Architectural Association’s Design and Make programme last summer. The small treehouse-like structure is elevated above a […]

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The Wild Thing is a “creature-like” cabin that stands tall above a Latvian wildflower meadow

The sides of this 4.5 metre-high stilted cabin lift open to offer inhabitants an uninterrupted view of the Latvian landscape (+ slideshow). Designed and built by a group of students at the Riga Technical University summer school, the structure is part of a plan to make better use of an open space that links the Pirtsupites Grava […]

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Nestlé Waters’ Beirut office is top heavy to allow space for trucks to pass by

The top two floors of this office for Nestlé Waters in Beirut projects out by 15 metres to create a clear route below for trucks to access the warehouse next door (+ slideshow). Beirut-based architects Bernard Mallat and Walid Zeidan collaborated to design the new headquarters for bottled water company Nestlé Waters – a division of the […]

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Souto de Moura and Correia reference industrial dust collectors with auditorium in Portalegre

Shiny metal cladding and exposed ducting lend an industrial feel to this auditorium for a virtual-reality research centre in Portalegre, Portugal, by Eduardo Souto de Moura and Graça Correia (+ slideshow). The auditorium is part of a masterplan developed by Souto de Moura – the 2011 Pritzker laureate, responsible for buildings including the Paula Rêgo Museum in […]

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Playhouse on stilts by Sharon Davis features a slide, a climbing frame and a lookout point

A stainless-steel slide curls down through the interior of this elevated playhouse, which is topped by a crow’s nest offering views over New York’s Hudson River Valley (+ slideshow). The Garrison Treehouse was designed by Manhattan studio Sharon Davis Design for the grounds of a farmstead in Garrison, a hamlet on the east bank of the Hudson River […]

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Todd Saunders’ self-designed home is raised on stilts to cover outdoor areas

The blackened timber home of Norwegian architect Todd Saunders is lifted above the ground on two podiums, sheltering a patch of garden and a swing set beneath the living room (+ slideshow). Todd Saunders, founder of Saunders Architecture created Villa S as a home for himself and his family in a disused park on the edge of […]

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House in La Rufina is a raw concrete residence elevated above the Argentinian landscape

Slabs of concrete create sunshades that look like open shutters for the windows of this house in Argentina, designed by architect duo Santiago Carlos Viale and Daniella Beviglia (+ slideshow). Suspended over a steeply sloping hillside in La Calera, a lakeside town approximately 35 kilometres west of Córdoba, the single-storey house was designed to suit […]
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Micro house by Architekturbüro Scheder is raised off the ground on stilts

This tiny two-room house, measuring just three metres wide, is raised above a grassy slope on metal legs in Hohenecken, Germany (+ slideshow). Designed by local studio Architekturbüro Scheder, Small House sits between two buildings on the edge of a forest in Hohenecken, just outside the city of Kaiserslautern in south-west Germany. There are only […]
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Stilted woodland cabin by ALT Architekti boasts a spiralling metal staircase

A metal staircase twists though a triangular well in one corner of this six-sided timber cabin by ALT Architekti, which is raised on stilts over a hillside in Central Bohemia (+ slideshow). ALT Architekti was commissioned to build the two-bedroom home by a client who “always wanted a wooden house”. Related story: Metal Staircase by Francesco Librizzi Studio Located within a no-build […]
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Treehouse Solling is raised above an artificial lake on criss-crossing steel beams

This arched timber treehouse by German architect Andreas Wenning is supported by a network of steel joists and provides a guesthouse for an old cottage (+ slideshow). Treehouse Solling features an elongated arched form made from spruce and steel struts, that is part clad in larch with a roof made from curving sheets of zinc. It was designed […]
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Alphaville’s Dig In the Sky house is made up of three blocks connected by bridges

Japanese studio Alphaville raised the base of this Osaka house up on crooked stilts, revealing the complex arrangement of rooms, bridges and lightwells contained within (+ slideshow). The Dig in the Sky house is a three-storey family residence. Its name refers to its unusual composition – three similar-sized blocks bridged by suspended corridors and staircases, […]
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MenoMenoPiu Architects proposes capsule hotel along the Seine

MenoMenoPiu Architects says its concept to reinvigorate the Seine with a string of capsule homes on stilts could help prevent Paris from becoming a “city museum” (+ slideshow). Paris-based MenoMenoPiu Architects proposes installing a temporary series of raised cabins along the edge of the city’s main river, which could be used as short-term accommodation for commuters or tourists. Related […]
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Black house by Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher is raised above a bathing lake

This muddy-toned timber house by Graz-based Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten is raised on stilts above a sloping site so that it overlooks a swimming pond (+ slideshow). Hammerschmid Pachl Seebacher Architekten designed the small single-storey House at the Pond with a floor area of just 50 square metres, on the edge of an artificial lake in Austria. […]

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Takeru Shoji Architects tops a timber-clad Japanese house with a “big hat”

A white timber roof masks the upper storey of this Japanese house by Takeru Shoji Architects, but is raised on wooden stilts to reveal the pale timber facade of the lower level (+ slideshow). Japanese firm Takeru Shoji Architects designed the two-bedroom wooden residence, named OH! House, for a family of four in a residential area of Niigata, […]

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