Move over, Fred Flintstone - there's a new rock home on the market, and it's simply breathtaking. Located in Taiwan, the coastal A'tolan House designed by Create + Think Design Studio is a stellar example of the country's traditional building practice of incorporating rocks excavated from the site to build layering walls to create multiple levels, similar to rice patty terraces. Highlighting its enviable location adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, the home's design and physical layout were asymmetrically angled to give optimal views of the surroundings from every corner of the home.
Located on the eastern seaboard of Taiwan, the home sits adjacent to the Pacific Ocean with spectacular views of the sea. In fact, much like the rock cladding, the sea dominates the home’s purpose and form in that the structure extends along the contour of the coastline, effectively creating a calming balance with the landscape.
A steel frame gives the structure a slight industrial feel, one that oddly blends in with the natural focus of the house and its materials. A living roof with various herbs converts into a stone stairway that leads to the open foyer. Each angle of the home is set to view the sea, with additional help on the interior from the extra-large glass windows and doors.
On the interior, the architects chose a “least invasive design” scheme, focusing on the basic needs of the residents like shelter, hygiene, and food preparation. There’s no superfluous features on the inside, just a simple kitchen, a few bedrooms, and a simple bathroom with a skylight-covered shower. The bathtub is located outdoors. The simple interior spaces are defined by accordion glass doors that allow optimal natural ventilation and light throughout the interior.
The dining area is set to be continually al fresco, with a long table set between the kitchen and outdoor foyer. Additionally, there is a multi-purpose area in front of the home that can be used as a yoga or star-gazing platform. You know, for when you’re not swimming in the gorgeous infinity pool.
Photos via Create + Think Design Studio