The Integrated Mountain Slope Home

Mountain slope home
The good news is: you’re building your dream

home on the steep slopes of a mountain overlooking a beautiful valley in Penafiel,

Portugal. The bad news? You’re building your dream home on the steep slopes of

a mountain overlooking a beautiful valley in Penafiel, Portugal. How many times

have we witnessed a beautiful building site essentially destroyed by the sheer ostentatious

enormity and lack of environmental aesthetics? Does building that mountaintop dream

home always require removing the top of the mountain?
Mountain slope home
Mountain slope home
Architect Alvaro Leite Siza didn’t think so. Siza didn’t move

mountains to create his compelling Tolo House. Quite the opposite. Siza let his

contemporary design become one with the

mountain by seamlessly integrating the dramatic design of the structure

with the dramatic slope of the mountain terrain. The bare concrete façade of

Tolo house blends with the natural rock. Its innovative use of interconnected

modules creates separate elevated levels, providing occupants with access to

the scenic outdoor spot. A hillside pool and garden area are connected by a footpath

and stairs integrated into the mountain.
Mountain slope home
The stark and low-profile exterior is contrasted by the

bright, minimalist interior living spaces. These spaces include curving and

floating staircases leading to three bedrooms, a living room, dining room and

kitchen and shared bath. The natural wood flooring and staircases warm up the

brilliant white walls. Large skylights flood the rooms with natural light from

the structure’s southern exposure.
A review of the blueprints shows no plans for an elevator,

tramway or human dumb waiters, so the aerobically-challenged would be well-advised

to consult their physician before attempting a visit to Tolo House.
Mountain slope home
Mountain slope home

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