Gallery: Beautiful Casa en Santa Elena Nestles Smartly Into Hillside

 

Spotted at Plataforma Arquitectura, this simple and elegant vacation retreat sits in Santa Elena near Arvi Natural Park, Colombia as a complement to the gentle landscape. Architect Antonio Sofan snuggled the 106 square meter home into the hillside and incorporated a large outdoor deck onto the roof, significantly increasing the home’s living space with a minimum of land disturbance. A pink mosaic tile wall on the decked roof beacons visitors to the unique entrance, and provocative pixelated window treatments help keep the design light.

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  1. Erik van Lennep August 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I don’t know that I would actually term this as either “simple ” or “elegant” (sounds a bit like a real estate brochure), and it most certainly isn’t “nestled” from what I can see in the photos. It’s an intrusive box barley stuck onto the hillside where it’s position looks very unstable, and therefore uncomfortable. The fact that it has a bit of earth berming and recycled this and that does not make it noteworthy by any stretch of the imagination. In 2010, I’d hope we can do far better.

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