How strange the Pael House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects appears depends entirely on the angle. A front view calls attention to the odd spattering of different-sized windows and a large floating addition. The side view, however, helps the addition achieve some sense of belonging. Who am I kidding? Either way it looks...well, odd.
The plan behind this unique structure was to create a suburban-type dwelling that could capitalize on square footage without requiring a larger lot to build. The solution? Adding a “floating” rectangular prism to the back of the house that could, in some sense, mirror the four-roofed structure already in the works.
Made almost entirely from concrete in order to ensure its longevity, the structure has the silhouette of a traditional home but the make-up of something entirely different. The way in which one section impedes on the next earned it the nickname, “The Weeping House.”
But while the exterior utilizes a material that might be considered cold and a bit harsh, the interior is brimming with wood accents and a fair amount of natural light.
The overhanging structure also provides space for a shaded porch area, although the landscaping would need some TLC.
Turning this concept structure into a comfortable home may require an entirely different thought process than the one used to build it. But for now, its unique design might just pave the way for suburban construction in the future.
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