GRID Architects: Amalia House


At first glance, Amalia House’s form is striking enough to grab your attention – the angular walls, that cantilever, and the way it seems to grow up out of the hillside are all pretty impressive. Then you notice that that furry-looking green siding is grass. Crazy.

Then, upon further inspection, you notice that the grass isn’t even real. My ninjas – please.


Designed by Austrian firm GRID Architects, Amalia House is really a small cottage [that can sleep 6] in the hills of Styria, Austria. The simple design splits the first level with 3 steps [responding to the grade changes on the site], which separates the living room space and the kitchen/dining area. While subtle, the elevation change makes the space feel larger – distinguishing them from one another, and providing views from the dining/kitchen area overlooking the living space and out through a high window to the hillside and town below.


Moving up a spiral staircase to the second floor, one finds two compact bedrooms – one of which opens onto the faux-grass roof, while the other inhabits the cantilever.


I’m not really sure that the cottage qualifies as ‘green’ – but I’m going to go ahead and argue that they’re saving h2o with this fake grass business. Imagine having to water every surface on your home? The artificial grass was apparently ‘chosen by the architects for its tactile qualities, as well as the way it helps the structure ‘nullify the optical differences between roof and wall,’ as well as make a connection between the building and the surrounding landscape [via]’. Regardless, between the overall form [and the cantilever], those kick-ass windows + doors in the living room, and the simplicity of the materials used, this cottage is pretty siiick – and I want one.



::via Wallpaper*, where the cottage is featured as one of the ‘interactive floor plan‘ projects – also covered by arch daily::

Posted: July 22nd, 2008
at 11:00am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,green arch,interiors,featured ninjas,graffiti

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  1. What a great idea, there should be more of these types of houses, eco friendly and not a blot on the landscape as some architects seem bent on doing. Keep up the good work and good luck.

    David Neve

    1 Aug 08 at 3:33 pm



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