House on the Slope / Paisajes Emergentes

© Cristobal Palma

Architects: Paisajes Emergentes
Location: El Retiro, Antioquia,
Collaborators: Juan Carlos Aristizábal, Farid Maya, Erica Martínez and Sebastián Monsalve
Landscape: + Carlos Zapata
Structural Design: Jorge Aristizábal
Contractor: Gedesa
Project Area: 480 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

If we drew a line around the perimeter of the house we would obtain an irregular polyhedron with short straight lines, full of incisions and sudden turns.

floor plans
© Cristobal Palma

The geometry only pretends to answer the question of how a house can be deformed by events occurring within the surrounding landscape, be they far or close to it. The operation was compatible with a particular request of the client: a clear division of interior spaces. These were finally connected through voids that separate but still permit a visual relation between them, as if they were smaller houses.

© Cristobal Palma

The dents in the volume were done with a careful consideration to both far and near events within the landscape, and so each hollow is unique and its form, location and proportion respond to that concern. Some of the thresholds face a distant view, while others show sections of the house itself, the old coniferous nearby wood or the Yarumo trees planted on the edges.

© Cristobal Palma

Within the living spaces the roof projects the section to the exterior. In the circulation areas there are voids of long or smaller sizes. In this case, conversely, the roof contracts the section.

To see more photographs of this project, please visit Cristobal Palma’s website

Cite: "House on the Slope / Paisajes Emergentes" 23 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Mat

    Is it just me who enjoys the irony that this house is called “House on the Slope”? The first thing they did was build a flat piece of land to put it on!

    • Jhon

      Mat, I think you should first see and understand the section. Afterward you should see the site plan with the ground inclination.

      • Mat

        The sections make it perfectly clear that this building deals with the slope by eliminating it.

  • up_today_arch

    The entire shape is complicated and also very nice…