The plot was too small for a regular house. Then the architects turned to things.
There are many unique examples of houses that have been built where one could hardly believe that it was impossible to build or live.
In large cities, both architects and builders often think outside the box to create space for new homes, and infill architecture, which designates buildings that fill voids between other buildings in city architecture, are becoming more and more common.
The plot is stamped as “unbreakable”
Building on a narrow plot often represents a challenge for both architects and ways of living for residents. But sometimes there are limitations as a starting point that leads to the most unique solutions.
This must be said to be the case with this house, which according to the Home Adore website was built on a plot that was so small and narrow that it was initially stamped as inconvenient by local building authorities.
The architects of Howeler + Yoon Architecture are behind the house located in the city of Arlington, Virginia, USA.
The site was classified by local building authorities as being too small to build a one-man residence, explains architect Eric Höweler at Howeler + Yoon Architecture for Design and Architecture site Designboom.
Built a tower for each child
Not only was it close to another dwelling on one side, but the plot was also challenging as it was very narrow, but quite long in length.
Not only that the plot itself was a challenge, the architects were also subject to a tight budget to work with.
– The owners of the plot had a relatively limited budget in relation to the work that had to be done, explains Höweler.
– Which in many ways also resolved many choices that had to be taken in relation to both buildings and materials used.
Twisted on the page
The solution the architects finally came to find a living house on the challenging site was turning the house on the side – hence the name 10 Degree House.
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By turning the house so that the front of the house “points” sideways relative to all the other houses in the same neighborhood, we were able to accommodate a house that is big enough for a family, “explains Höweler.
– In addition, we could open the facade to the page with many and large windows, which is necessary as the house would otherwise appear to be rather dark and cramped.
The entrance door of the dwelling is on the long wall, which is twisted away from the road in front of the house.
In this way we were given space to add a double garage, which was a wish from the owners, on the short side of the house, which faces the road, explains the architect.
Got squeezed into mini garden
The architect explains that the family would have been a disappointment if there were no room for any kind of garden or outdoor area outside the home.
– But it is clear that this posed challenges, explains Höweler.
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– Because the site was initially so limited, we felt in many ways that every millimeter had to be used for the home itself.
But the garage on the short side of the house should prove to solve the problem.
– There was no room for any traditional garden, so much was clear from day 1, explains the architect.
– But when we had drawn the garage on the front of the house, we got the idea of laying the front door of the house at the long end, behind what constituted the garage part of the building.
There was not only room for an entrance door but also an almost built-in courtyard or mini garden if you want to.
Shielded from the street
The solution with the courtyard would prove to work perfectly.
– As the garden is now “enclosed” between the garage and the dwelling, the compact patio is sheltered against noise and access from the street in front of the house, explains Höweler.
– And by using sliding glass doors, we have achieved a sliding transition between the outside area and the main living room inside the home.
Behind this worn garage door hides a design residence
The plot slopes down, but instead of filling it out, the architects have taken advantage of the slope of making the house across multiple levels.
– From the bottom of the house you can move upwards along several levels, explains the architect.
– From the basement there is an exit to the ground floor at the bottom of the plot, and from the living zone of the house you can even move up to a level above the garage.
The continuous roof allows you to enjoy extra ceilings in the living and living areas, while also accommodating an extra bedroom in a messroom over the garage.
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